He was dustin’ off his photo skills.
Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman literally turned things around on photographers at the New York Film Festival premiere of “The Meyerowitz’s Stories” where he “borrowed” a shutterbug’s camera and started snapping photos, much to the delight of onlookers on both sides of the velvet rope. He did the same thing a few months ago at the Cannes Film Festival.
Hoffman could of course blame his behavior on growing up in a dysfunctional family.
“There’s a caveat to that,” Hoffman said at the Lincoln Center event, when asked if his upbringing was reflective of what we see in his new film. “I’ve never met anyone who says they grew up in a functional family!”
Hoffman’s new comedy is about an offbeat family that gathers in New York City for an event celebrating their patriarch’s career as an artist.
“By definition families are dysfunctional because they haven’t chosen each other except for the father and mother,” the 80-year-old star explained. “Outside of that they’re grouped together by accident.”
According to Hoffman, a noted method actor, preparing this film, which centers around his character, was a breeze.
“It’s not difficult and I don’t think it was any different for the people who played my children or even my wife,” he said.
According to Hoffman, sometimes good things just come to those who wait.
“Success or failure is sometimes irrelevant because it has to do with luck,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for 50 years. I can’t tell you the number of people that I’ve known over those years, directors, writers, actors who somehow weren’t there at the right moment, lucky enough to get what I got and I think there’s truth in that. It has nothing to do with talent.”
Obviously that’s a pretty modest statement for Hoffman, who’s widely regarded as one of the best actors of his generation.
“It’s nice to be talented, but sometimes if you’re not there at that moment you have a totally different life and that’s painful,” he said. He then turned to our reporter and almost nervously asked about his latest performance: “Did you like it?”