Oscar-winning legendary actor, who is best known for his work in The Graduate, Tootsie, Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man, opens up about about why film is in decline these days
Veteran actor Dustin Hoffman is seemingly not too much pleased with the current state of film industry.
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In a recent interview with Independent, Hoffman opened up about the decline of the film and pointed out why the industry reached to its lowest point.
“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.” Less time on the development of script and shooting led to the fall of the industry, according to Hoffman. Since digital technology has become more sophisticated and more scenes can be shot in a single-day, filmmakers are always under pressure to come up with the final product in less time than ever before.
“It’s hard to believe you can do good work for the little amount of money these days. 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.” said Hoffman.
The Graduate was only the second film of Hoffman’s career and the first one featuring him in a lead role. The film turned Hoffman into a superstar overnight. He went on to won the Golden Globe for New Star of the Year for playing the character of Benjamin Braddock and also received Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
“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 a light switch went on and I was an instant star,” Hoffman said. “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 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.”
Hoffman believes that success of an actor greatly depends on the words of encouragement from the fellow actors.
“I just like actors and I like working with them,” he said. “I have said it before that I just don’t think the public realize how much we help each other. You say to other actors ‘I just don’t think I’m doing good work’ and the other actor say, “When we were just running lines you were right on the button.’ We help each other because we are all in the same bind.”
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Dustin Hoffman made his directorial debut in 2012 with “Quartet”. Though, the film was praised by the critics but somehow he did not get another film as a director, Hoffman explained. “I’m looking at everything that comes to me, I’m not getting as far as directing is concerned. I don’t think that has anything to do with whether you are good or not, it’s just about whether your films make money or not.”