“Never, ever, ever, ever, ever take a day off.” – Val Kilmer on Breaking into the Acting Business
The Hollywood Reporter attended the Toronto Film Festival and asked some of the industry’s biggest celebrities about the best career advice they had ever received. From Michael Douglas to Al Pacino, the actors dished out their words of wisdom. Here are some of the highlights: From Jake Gyllenhaal, “Dustin Hoffman said
Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend
Not many septuagenarians — soon to be octogenarians — actresses still work steadily in film and television, but Dame Maggie Smith is no normal actress. Along with starring on the critically acclaimed Downton Abbey television series, she recently appeared in Quartet, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut.
In an interview with NPR promoting his directorial debut Quartet, acting legend Dustin Hoffman talked about getting his start in acting. Famously, Hoffman beat out other actors for his breakthrough role of Benjamin in The Graduate like Robert Redford, who far more resembled the character in the original novel.
There’s a famous, though embellished, story about classically trained actor Laurence Olivier and method actor Dustin Hoffman on the set of Marathon Man. According to the legend, Olivier asked Hoffman why he looked so tired on the set one morning, and Hoffman explained that he had stayed up the whole night in order to properly play a character who had stayed up all night. As a joke, Olivier replied something to the effect of, “Why not try acting? It’s much easier.”
If there’s ever a time when Dustin Hoffman is completely at peace, it’s when he’s in front of a camera or on stage.