There’s no better way to gain insight into the potential of an actor-director dynamic than by sitting in on a conversation between the two. Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman and Oscar-nominated writer-director Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”) gave us that opportunity as a part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s director’s series to discuss their approaches to their respective crafts. The two discussed working together for their newest project, the Netflix-scooped “The Meyerowitz Stories.” Starring Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, and Elizabeth Marvel, the film follows an estranged family reuniting in celebration of their patriarch’s (Hoffman) artistry.
On sticking to the script.“It was only the second time in 50 years that I worked with a director who wanted me to say every—single—word. And the last time I was asked to do that was ‘The Graduate,’ ” said Hoffman. “The script supervisor would come up to me afterward and go, ‘That’s not a period. Those are three dots.’ And your script supervisor did the same fuckin’ thing!”
Although it was an uncommon approach for the actor,
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