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Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Do you pick your toes in Poughkeepsie?

Watched The French Connection again tonight (Netflix R00LZ, D00D). Fine movie. I never realized before, though, that Gene Hackman was the third choice to play Popeye Doyle. Apparently Friedkin originally cast Jimmy Breslin (yes, the columnist), and after a couple of weeks of rehearsals decided it wasn't going to work, then tried to get Peter Boyle, who turned him down.

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