He is one of America’s greatest actors as well as a skilled director but Dustin Hoffman pulls no punches when it comes to the film industry which he says is in it's worst state for 50 years.
“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,” he told The Independent in an interview.
The Oscar-winning actor, 77, made his directorial debut with Quartet in 2012, but says he isn’t “getting much” by way of directing opportunities which he says is for purely financial reasons.
“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,” he said.
Despite claiming that TV is better than it has ever been, Hoffman’s last TV series, Luck for HBO, was cancelled while filming season 2 when PETA protested about deaths of horses on set.
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Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench and a tortoise in Esio Trot
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The right side of the tracks: Dustin Hoffman stars in HBO's 'Luck'
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Lust chance: Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in Last Chance Harvey'
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Warren Beatty stars alongside Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Adjani in 1987's 'Ishtar', which was about two untalented American lounge singers who get caught up in a Cold War stand-off. The film was nominated for a Razzie for Worst Picture.
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Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in Rain Man
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Straw Dogs (1971)
Dustin Hoffman stars as a Mathematician who experiences some harassment from local men, who go on to rape his wife Amy, leading him to respond with a violent attack.
The initial rape scene was criticised, as Amy begins to find it pleasurable due to a sexual history with the rapist. Feminist cinema critics accused director Peckinpah of glamorizing rape and the BBFC asked for cuts to the scene, but the film was finally passed fully uncut for DVD in September 2002.
Released in the same year as A Clockwork Orange, The French Connection, and Dirty Harry, the film sparked heated controversy over the increase of violence in cinema.
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Dustin Hoffman, Justin Henry and Meryl Streep star in Kramer vs Kramer
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Actress Anne Bancroft staring alongside actor Dustin Hoffman in the movie "The Graduate
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Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman on the set of The Graduate
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Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross at the end of 'The Graduate', Paramount Studios, 1967
He recently appeared on British television alongside Dame Judi Dench in a BBC adaptation of Esio Trot.
His apparent disillusionment with acting and Hollywood informs a regret that he didn’t become a professional pianist instead.
“I love it more than anything,” he says. “But I can’t play well enough to make a living out of it. If God tapped me on the shoulder right now and said ‘no more acting, no more directing, but you can be a decent jazz pianist’... I could never read music gracefully. I don’t have a good ear. I still want to do it. I would love to do it.”