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Dustin Hoffman Says He Was Warned Not to Do TV

Feb 17, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman, who is starring in HBO’s horse racing drama "Luck," said he was warned by friends and colleagues against going into television, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"People said, ‘Oh, no, you’re into television!’" Hoffman told the publication. "’It causes divorce, it maims people physically; you knock out so many pages a day… .’"

Hoffman said he was drawn to television partly because shows take many characters seriously, delving into them to make them more than two-dimensional, according to the story.

"Those are three-dimensional characters who are given their time, onscreen, to reveal that dimension," Hoffman said of the characters in "Luck."

Hoffman, 74, said he also took the role because he doesn’t get as many scripts as he used to, the piece adds. "Leads are written for guys in their 20s and 30s, and unless you carry a gun or have a signature part like 007, you are not going to get those kinds of parts. Suddenly, you start out hoping to get supporting parts. You feel victorious if you do," he said.

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