Dustin Hoffman thinks that cinema is in the worst state and television at the best that’s ever been’
Dustin Hoffman, an academy award-winning actor, believes cinema is in the worst state it has ever been, while television is getting better. Dustin Hoffman is also on the look out for a new film to direct after helming Quartet in 2012 about a group of retired musicians. The Choir sees him play the musical director of an American boy choir boarding school who takes in an orphan despite his instinct that the young lad doesn’t quite have the chops to become a top-class musician. The 77-year-old six times Golden Globes winner said it is really tough to do a good movie with less amount of money these days, reported The Independent. This comes despite his HBO TV show about horse racing Luck being cancelled while shooting the second season when PETA protested about the deaths of horses on set. Hoffman’s new adventure as an actor also has a musical touch;
“I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been and I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been – in the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst”, Dustin Hoffman says.
And: “It’s hard to believe you can do good work for the little amount of money these days,” the actor said.
Known as one of Hollywood’s greatest living actors, Dustin Hoffman spoke about how they made a movie like “The Graduate” a comedy-drama directed by Mike Nichols which went on to become one of the ground-breaking films of that era with an excellent cast and less budget.
“We did ‘The Graduate’ and that film still sustains, it had a wonderful script that they spent three years on, and an exceptional director with an exceptional cast and crew, but it was a small movie, four walls and actors, that is all, and yet it was 100 days of shooting,” Dustin Hoffman said.
Full Circle for Dustin Hoffman
“The truth is that you come full circle. I was a freak accident, so I got a lead that happened to be The Graduate and it was like a light switch went on and I was an instant star. For most actors you start by playing euphemistically called supporting roles; it’s not even the supporting role, it’s less than that, and if you are lucky you build up to supporting roles and then to starring roles – and then you reach a certain age, and unfortunately women usually reach it earlier, and you are no longer the leading man, therefore you become the supporting actor, which many times is the mentor of the lead. That is full circle.”
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