Dustin Hoffman gave an interview to The Independent last week in which he shook his fist at a cloud, yelled at Hollywood to get off his lawn, and said the film industry is the worst its been during his entire career.
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.
Now, it makes sense that Hoffman would say TV is the best its ever been. Because it is. (Even if Hoffman’s own HBO show was cancelled after a bunch of animals died on set. Not a great boon to your industry there, Hoff.) But what does he have against film? Well, he says the problems are mostly about budget issues and crazy short shooting schedules. But Hoffman’s position as a longtime veteran movie star also gives him a unique view of the overall quality of movies— one that we should listen to.
Because yes, if you are Dustin Hoffman, looking at cinema through the career trajectory of Dustin Hoffman, then this was once an industry that made films like The Graduate, Kramer vs. Kramer, and Tootsie. And now, well… over the last five years, just look at the sh*t being put out there by
Dustin Hoffman Hollywood:
Little Fockers, Kung Fu Panda 2, Chef, and The Cobbler. Yes, Dustin Hoffman, it makes total sense now why you think movies are terrible. Because your movies are terrible. Thank you for this unique firsthand perspective.