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Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep shine in this contemporary tale of family values . how the father's relationship with his son matures and develops over time. Actors have difficult moments making films all the time, but news that Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman feuded on the set of Kramer vs. Kramer. Meryl Streep Unauthorized Biography Claims Dustin Hoffman tense relationship between Streep and Hoffman during the filming of the movie.
Meryl Streep Recalls That Time Dustin Hoffman Slapped Her On Set
A whole generation changed its idea of what guys should look like. I think Dustin's physical being brought a sort of social and visual change, in the same way people first thought of Bogart. They called him ugly. I thought of him as a spiritual brother. He was confused about his future and about his place in the world, as I am. It's a film one digs, rather than understands intellectually. It took tremendous courage. Those little noises he makes are straight from Mike," he says.
He returned to Broadway to appear in the title role of the musical Jimmy Shine. I was a theater person. That's how my friends were, too, Gene Hackman and Bobby Duvall. I wasn't going to be a movie star. I wasn't going to sell out. We wanted to be really good actors. I told them, 'I'm going out to make this movie. Don't worry, I'm coming right back. As author and critic Peter Biskind explains, "it was the very contrast between his preppy character in The Graduate, and Ratso Rizzo" that appealed to Hoffman.
Some of the stuff in the press was brutal. John Schlesingerwho would direct Midnight Cowboy and was seeking lead actors, held that same impression. Hoffman's performance as a button-down college graduate and track star was so convincing to Schlesinger, "he seemed unable to comprehend the fact that he was acting," notes Biskind. Schlesinger was sold, admitting, "I've only seen you in the context of The Graduate, but you'll do quite well.
For his acting, Hoffman received his second Oscar nomination and the film won Best Picture. In the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Midnight Cowboy makes us a gift of one of the landmark performances of movie history: From a cesspool of dark, foul, even taboo material.
Kramer[ edit ] This was followed by his role in Little Big Manwhere Jack Crabb, his character, ages from teenager to a year-old man. The film was widely praised by critics, but was overlooked for an award except for a supporting nomination for Chief Dan George.
Hoffman continued to appear in major films over the next few years. Hoffman next starred in Lennyfor which he was again nominated for Best Actor. Lenny was based on the life of stand-up comedian Lenny Brucewho died at the age of 40, and was known for his open, free-style and critical form of comedy which integrated politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity.
Expectations were high that Hoffman would win an Oscar for his portrayal, especially after his similar role in Midnight Cowboy. Film critic Katharine Lowry speculates that director Bob Fosse "never gave him a chance" to go far enough into developing the character.
It turned his life inside out," with shooting days often lasting 10 to 12 hours: But Fosse wanted to do it, and he wanted Dustin Hoffman. My wife felt it too. And I admired his guts. That intimacy is what an actor tries to get. It occurred to me that if I had known him, I would have wanted us to be friends…and he was a provocateur, and I love to provoke. What is important is that Bruce's routines are so artfully reconstructed, the juice of his creativity so carefully strained, that the claim to genius is justified.
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And for that Dustin Hoffman deserves full credit, vanishing into the Bruce persona to simply stunning effectiveness,… Hoffman captures the restlessness, the velocity of a man's mouth straining to keep pace with a jet-propelled intelligence…  Lenny was nominated for six Academy Awardsincluding Best PictureBest DirectorBest ActorBest ActressBest Adapted Screenplayand Best Cinematography.
Based on actual events, Hoffman and Redford play Washington Post reporters who uncover a break-in at the Watergate Hotel and end up investigating a political scandal that reaches all the way to the presidency. The film, as earlier ones, had Hoffman take on a dramatically different character than his previous one as Lenny Bruce.
Author James Morrison compares the two roles: Described as "Schlesinger's thriller," by author Gene D. PhillipsHoffman plays the hero, Babe Levy, a part-time long-distance runner and graduate student, who suddenly finds himself being pursued by a fugitive Nazi.
In the story, Hoffman thinks his brother Roy Scheider is a businessman where the reality is that the man is a spy, who has been involved with the Nazi, Szell. I was called on, as the character, to fire point-blank at the Laurence Olivier character, Dr.
Szell, and kill him in that last scene. And I said that I couldn't do it. Goldman was quite upset about it, because first of all, how dare I? He wrote the book.
I said, "Go hire someone else. Are you such a Jew?
And that's important to me, that I didn't shoot him in the end. Being a Jew is not losing your humanity and not losing your soul. He opted out of directing Straight Timebut starred as a thief. Hoffman next starred in Kramer vs.
Kramer co-starring Meryl Streep and directed by Robert Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its impact on everyone involved, including the couple's young son. The film required Hoffman to change his attitude, from being a "desensitized advertising art director" into becoming a "responsive and concerned daddy" after his wife Streep walks out on him and their six-year-old son, Billy.
Hoffman, during the making of the movie, was also going through his own divorce after a ten-year first marriage. Hoffman has said, "Giving myself permission not only to be present but to be a father was a kind of epiphany for me at that time, that I could get to through my work.
I got closer to being a father by playing a father. That's very painful to say. Children are more interesting than anything. I walk my younger child to school every day and I don't like leaving the school. I would like to sit down on those little chairs, at those little tables, and play. And a child's love is like a drug.
Kramer vs. Kramer
To have a child throw his arms about you—it's instant stoned. People talk about the rush heroin gives you: I would say children give you that rush. Kramer, Robert Benton made me emotional. He was pulling so hard for me. In TootsieHoffman portrays Michael Dorsey, a struggling actor who finds himself dressing up as a woman to land a role on a soap opera. His co-star was Jessica Lange.
Tootsie earned ten Academy Award nominations, including Hoffman's fifth nomination. Under direction by Sydney PollackHoffman's role demanded "a steady bombardment of opposites—edgy then funny, romantic then realistic, soft then quivering. He has the knack of making everything he does seem perilous, and so audiences feel protective of him and root for him.
I like to be very prepared, and I feel that the success or failure of a film is many times determined before you start principal photography. I wanted rehearsal very much. I was promised two weeks and was grieved that I didn't get it. We also followed the risky course of starting to shoot with a screenplay that wasn't completed. Hoffman first read the play at the age of 16, but today considers the story much like his own: I was the loser, the flunky, and my brother, a high-school varsity football player, was Biff.
I read that play, and I was just destroyed by it. It was like finding out something terrible about my family. I felt like my family's privacy had been invaded. I couldn't even talk about it for weeks. Cobband remembers seeing his stage performance: It was so vivid, so intense, watching Lee J.
Cobb and his sixteen-inch guns as Willy. God, how I think about what I saw on that stage! God, I would have done anything to have worked with Kazan. Hoffman and Beatty play two down-and-out singer-songwriters who travel to Morocco for a nightclub gig and get caught up in foreign intrigue.
Much of the movie was filmed in Africa. After celebrating, he arrives home to his wife, Joanna Streepwho announces that she is leaving him. Ted does not take her seriously at first but panics when she tells him that she is also leaving their six-year-old son, Billy Justin Henry. Since he is no longer able to devote himself fully at the office, he eventually loses his job. Some 15 months after having left, Joanna returns, saying that she now feels capable of mothering Billy and that she will seek full custody of the child.
Ted and Joanna each begin meeting with lawyers and crafting strategies to paint the other as a bad parent. Ted, frantic to get a new job before the custody hearing, negotiates a significant pay decrease in order to secure immediate employment. At the hearing, each lawyer brutally attacks the other parent, bringing up the number of lovers whom Joanna has had during the separation as well as the injury that Billy suffered in the playground while Ted was watching.
Though Margaret testifies that Ted has become a devoted parent, custody is ultimately awarded to Joanna. When Ted learns that Billy would have to testify if he should appeal, he drops that idea and prepares Billy for the new situation.
Kramer was based on a novel of the same title by Avery Corman.