Dustin Hoffman is More Than a Focker

Think what you will about Alec Baldwin, but I love his interviews. On his latest Here’s The Thing episode he chats with Dustin Hoffmandustin-hoffman-cp-6075667 and it’s brilliant.

Mr. Hoffman (respect!) talks about his 10 years of being an unemployed actor before getting the offer for The Graduate. Which he turned down because he had finally gotten a nice Off-Broadway thing going. He reminisced about lining up for auditions and never getting seen and the horrible catch-22 of you can’t get a job unless you’re Equity and you can’t become Equity until you get a job. Sound familiar?

This was nearly 50 years ago. Things have not changed.

What stayed with me most is that he still feels that he will never get hired after he makes a film. The man has 2 Oscars and he thinks he’ll never work again. A shocking reminder that this feeling isn’t something unique to non-union, unrepresented actors.

So why do we do it? I once posted an incredible story my acting teacher shared with my class. I can’t say it any better than that. It’s in our blood, and it’s what we live for.

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