"There is a kind of empathy he has shown throughout his career for this kind of underdog. ... Go back and look at Hud. Look at Cool Hand Luke. He just feels what they're going through from the inside, just feels them. He loves the way people just barely get by. He loves that kind of margin. Those people interest him the most."
Director Robert Benton, 1994.
"This was Newman’s early specialty: playing loners who disguised themselves as reprobates in order to hide both their loneliness and that they might give a damn about anything. By the time the audience was introduced to these characters, a harsh world had already forced them into a protective shell of selfish indifference and insolence. The pleasure, of course, was in the watching and waiting for redemption."
John Nolte, 2008.