INTERVIEW: Dustin Hoffman reminds us why he’s one of the best in ‘Last Chance Harvey’

With the possible exception of Meryl Streep or Clint Eastwood, the greatest acting legend in this year's awards race is Dustin Hoffman. For much of the past 20 years, though, he has appeared on screen only sporadically and often in cameos or bit parts that seemed beneath him. Finally, this year, at the age of 71, he returned to form in a big way in the indie "Last Chance Harvey" (opening nationwide Jan. 23, trailer). 

He gives a nuanced and endearing performance opposite Emma Thompson -- a fellow two-time Oscar winner -- that already has earned him a Golden Globe nod for best actor (musical or comedy) and could conceivably sneak in for an Oscar nod in a few weeks, as well. It certainly deserves to be in the discussion.

I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Hoffman when he came to New York in mid-November. As you may recall, I wrote a short post at the time that included some audio excerpts, but it was only later, once I had transcribed and read the full interview, that I began to fully appreciate how special it was. I know he did some longer interviews with other journalists during the same press tour, but I have yet to see or hear one in which he spoke so eloquently and movingly and insightfully. I'd like to think it was because I asked good questions, but it could just as easily be the result of catching him at a good time and in a good mood. Who knows?

READ THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW AT LA TIMES


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