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English: Dustin Hoffman at the Cannes Film Fes...

Dustin Hoffman at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo credit: Georges Biard via  Wikipedia)

I'm a big fan of
Dustin Hoffman.  My favorite movies of his are The Graduate along with  Papillon and Marathon Man.

It was the The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols, that took him from being a character actor to a star.  Before that movie he did not consider himself a leading man. So not wanting to mess up what he had established as a character actor he initially turned down the role.  Mike Nichols had to personally call him and convince him to take  the part of Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate pondering what to do with the rest of his life.  Good thing he did.

In addition to his work in theatre and film he has also waded into the director pool with Quartet, a movie about a home for retired musicians and singers.  In the interview below he tells about how he directed the actors and has some great stories about acting from his long career.

Check out this excellent Charlie Rose interview with Dustin below. It includes many interesting stories about acting and directing.  Listen for how much money he took away from his work on The Graduate.

Charlie Rose with Dustin Hoffman