Quote: "I thought it was the stupidest title I'd ever heard. Kung Fu Panda? It's the only franchise that I think I've ever been in. I want it to keep on going until I die...!" Actor Dustin Hoffman confesses he wasn't a fan of the animated film's title when he was first offered the role of Master Shifu, which he only recently learned was a red panda and not a racoon, as he had always assumed. He has reprised the role from the original 2008 film in Kung Fu Panda 2 and the new sequel, which hits U.S. movie theatres on Friday (29Jan16).
Quote: "Jon Voight brought her over to me and said, 'This is my daughter, Angelina. She was 13 years old... taller than me then, very thin. She said, 'I'm going to be an actress.' And I went home to my wife and said, 'She has a surprise coming - it's not that easy!' But I was wrong and she was right." Dustin Hoffman had doubts his Midnight Cowboy co-star's daughter, Angelina Jolie, would be a successful actress when they first met decades ago.
Quote: "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." Actor/director Dustin Hoffman is convinced TV has overtaken film in terms of quality.
Fact: Dustin Hoffman and Usher are among the celebrities who have signed up as instructors for MasterClass, a company that allows people to learn from top professionals through online classes. Announcing his participation, The Graduate star says, "I never like to give advice, but I wanted to teach what I wish someone had taught me." Tennis star Serena Williams and photographer Annie Leibovitz will also be part of the initiative.
Fact: Dustin Hoffman is in talks to join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone's upcoming movie about infamous U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden. Gordon-Levitt will portray the former National Security Agency (Nsa) employee in The Snowden Files, and the Rain Man star is poised to take on a key role in the film, playing either an Nsa mentor to Snowden or a politician, according to the New York Post's Page Six column. Shailene Woodley is also in negotiations to star as Snowden's girlfriend, dancer Lindsay Mills, who recently moved to Moscow, Russia to live with her exiled beau. Filming on the project is due to begin in Munich, Germany in January (15).
Quote: "Mine changes, actually, by the minute. Before... it was Dr. Phil, but I think now it's Dustin Hoffman." Rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne would love to make out onscreen with the Tootsie actor after previously taking a liking to U.S. reality Tv doctor Phil Mcgraw
Quote: "He did it! He trapped me in that telephone box. How could you stand that? But just working with him was so much fun." Tom Cruise reveals Dustin Hoffman broke wind for real while they were crammed in a tight space together during a scene in their 1988 film Rain Man.
Fact: Denzel Washington, Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman are among the stars who were feted for making movies for an older audience by the 2013 Movies for Grownups Awards in Los Angeles. The American Association of Retired Persons (Aarp) award winners were announced last month (Jan13) and celebrated at a lunch in California on Tuesday (12Feb13).
Quote: "I can't eat before the ceremony, but I drink, to steady my nerves. I become very friendly, particularly with reporters that never get any action. Like some woman from some newspaper in Bolivia." Veteran actor Dustin Hoffman credits tequila for his friendly demeanour on the red carpet before the Academy Awards.
Quote: "I say this perfectly seriously but the best marriages succeed if a man is scared of his wife. Marriage is never easy for anyone. It's just that most of us refuse to tell the truth." Actor Dustin Hoffman on the secret of his lasting union with wife Lisa, who he married in 1980.
Quote: "After every film, however successful you think it's been, there is that niggling doubt which makes you ask 'Am I ever going to work again?' It is as if that thought is wired in to our soul." Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman has constant doubts over his career.
Quote: "Hollywood is a battleground. I have fallen out with more directors than I care to remember - or criticised them to their face." Dustin Hoffman is blunt when it comes to his work.
Fact: Dustin Hoffman marked his recent 75th birthday with a meal out with friends in Los Angeles on Saturday (18Aug12). The acting legend reached the milestone on 8 August (12).
Quote: "I saw that film with my wife in L.A. and after it was over we snuck (sic) out to go down the alleys and I just started crying and she said, 'Why are you crying? The ending, was it emotional?' And I said, 'No, it's just the work is extraordinary.'" Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman was driven to tears by Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro's 1980 boxing epic Raging Bull.
Quote: "Actually they came up to me for Raging Bull at one point. The guy, Jake LaMotta, came up to me. I said, 'You can't be serious.'" Dustin Hoffman jokes about being offered the iconic boxing role which earned his Meet The Fockers co-star Robert De Niro the Best Actor Oscar in 1980.
Fact: Hollywood stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte are teaming up for a new TV drama set in the world of horse racing. LUCK, for U.S. cable network HBO, will be directed by Ali filmmaker Michael Mann and also star Dennis Farina and Gary Stevens. An air date has yet to be announced.
Quote: "Well, it was great for me. He's got very soft lips... He's got some handsome lips!" Jason Bateman enjoyed sharing a kiss with Dustin Hoffman at a recent basketball game in Los Angeles. The pair puckered up when they saw themselves on the venue's big screen 'Kiss Me-Cam' - designed to catch smooching couples.
Quote: "I can't say the words 'senior citizen.' Makes me feel too old, so I pay full price, and to hell with it." Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman hasn't accepted the ageing process at 72.
Quote: "My favourite thing to do when I need a break is to say to my wife, 'Let's pretend we're going away, just the two of us.' So we tell everybody we're going to be unavailable, we don't make appointments - we don't even answer the phones - and we focus our attention on the city we're in, and take it all in." Dustin Hoffman likes to holiday in his home cities of New York and Los Angeles.
Quote: "By the time I've packed and unpacked on the way there, packed and unpacked on the way back and done all the travelling in between, I feel like I need another holiday to recover from it." Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman isn't a fan of vacations.
Quote: "Emma and I are creatively married. It's an extraordinary feeling when we work together. I don't think I have ever done anything closer to myself than the work I do with her. Marriage should be this easy!" Dustin Hoffman on his working relationship with British actress Emma Thompson.
Quote: "At the end of the film I realised I had found an absolute soulmate in work and the most professional experience I will ever have in my life." Emma Thompson loved working with her Stranger Than Fiction co-star Dustin Hoffman again on new movie LAST CHANCE HARVEY.
Fact: Dustin Hoffman can add scientist to his list of talents - the star will compere at a series of events aimed at putting real science into Hollywood movies. The 71-year-old has been recruited by a lobby group Science and Entertainment Exchange to oversee events at which advisors will meet with directors to press for more science representation in films and television.
Quote: "I promised myself that before I kick the bucket, I'd become a decent jazz player... if God tapped me on the shoulder and offered me an ultimatum - acting or jazz piano - I'd make the decision in a New York minute." Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman is determined to become a whizz on the ivories.
Quote: "I'm a kleptomaniac, I steal from hotels. I've got 30-year-old soap at home that I've never used." Dustin Hoffman can't resist a free cosmetics.
Quote: "There is something unnatural about marriage. These two people are not going to be the same two people in a few years." Twice-wed Dustin Hoffman is suspicious of marriage.
Quote: "They all start off really scary. And if they don't, then they get really scary. BAMBI - all the animals run from a flaming forest. PINOCCHIO gets his legs burned off." Dustin Hoffman is terrified of classic Disney films.
Fact: Interior designer to the stars MICHAEL SMITH has been selected to revamp The White House for America's new First Family, the OBAMAs. As well as giving the homes of Steven Spielberg and Dustin Hoffman a makeover, Smith also designed starry Santa Monica, California hotel Shutters.
Fact: Celebrity interior designer MICHAEL SMITH - who's transformed the homes of Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman and Michelle Pfeiffer - has been handed the honour of decorating private quarters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama at the White House.
Quote: Hes the reason short Jewish guys are allowed to be leads in the movie... Theres a secret society of guys like us who worship his image. Ben Stiller pays tribute to Meet The Fockers co-star Dustin Hoffman.
Quote: "We've known each other since she was 18 years old. I went out with her roommate. Once I asked her why we didn't ever get married, and she said, 'Because we would have killed each other.'" Dustin Hoffman admits he and longtime pal Barbra Streisand were never destined to be lovers.
Quote: "When I got married for the second time, my wife and I made a deal. We agreed that we wouldn't let work separate us. We've stuck to that. I sometimes say that we're wealthy gypsies." Dustin Hoffman.
Quote: "Don't worry, there's no big bedroom scene. We didn't have enough money for the special effects to make me look great naked." Dustin Hoffman insists his new romantic comedy, LAST CHANCE HARVEY, is family friendly.
Fact: Actors Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Hopper and Dakota Fanning, and comedienne Sarah Silverman, have joined the list of celebrity presenters at the 2009 Critics' Choice Awards, scheduled to air on 8 January (09) from Santa Monica, California.
Quote: "(My kids) get mad at me for telling everyone about their accomplishments or for finding cute girls for my sons. But even though they love to hate me for it or cruelly imitate me, I can't stop bragging. They are my true credits." Dustin Hoffman can't help but beam with pride when boasting about his kids' achievements.
Quote: "It is so exciting to be nominated, but working with EMMA (THOMPSON) was reward enough. Don't get me wrong, I still want to win!" Dustin Hoffman on his Best Actor Golden Globe nomination, for his role in movie LAST CHANCE HARVEY.
Quote: "I live the same life every day. All the time. I go to bed nine o'clock. Always wake up four in the morning, so I don't need an alarm clock. Make my own coffee, hang with the dogs, then I work out for an hour." Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman on his daily routine.
Quote: "Wherever I am, if I'm away, I rent a prefab sauna to sweat and loosen up the bones. The older you get, the more those bones need loosening." Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman, 71, reveals the secret to looking young.
Quote: "I once strung Hawaiian leis. I also temped in a mental hospital for a year, and I waited tables. But I was never a cab driver. Those guys are crazy." Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman had his share of odd jobs.
Quote: "One of the greatest things I've ever saw was Dustin Hoffman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN on Broadway. I don't expect to see a finer performance in my life of anything. It was so fine that I couldn't go backstage; I sat in my seat after the audience cleared the theatre and wept from the impact of his performance." Anjelica Huston was stunned by Hoffman onstage.
Quote: "I would do anything. Anything that's not a flop." Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman isn't picky about film roles.
Fact: Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan have pulled out of the London premiere of their new movie KUNG FU PANDA, which takes place on Thursday night (26Jun08). Stars Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Lucy Liu are all expected to attend the red carpet bash.
Fact: Tuesday night's (10Jun08) basketball showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics in Los Angeles brought the stars out - Spike Lee, Eddie Murphy, courtside regulars Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg and Sylvester Stallone were all spotted in the crowd at the Staples Center.
Quote: "I was the first one to be asked to do RAMBO (but) it was a little too much violence." Dustin Hoffman jokes about past casting.
Quote: "It's interesting when you start reading children's books to your kids. I read PINOCCHIO for the first time to my kids and there's a scene where he's in front of the fireplace and it's burning his legs up and I just stopped talking." Dustin Hoffman is shocked by the amount of violence in fairytales.
Quote: "I'm so short they have to stand up to see me." Dustin Hoffman jokes about why he receives so many standing ovations.
Quote: "We had a period where Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro and I sort of were interchangeable. We're all the same person." Al Pacino reveals how he and his two actor pals dominated the movie scene in the 1970s.
Quote: "There should never be a ROBERT DE NIRO STORY. But, if there was, Dustin Hoffman should play me." Robert De Niro jokes about pal Hoffman playing him in a biopic.
Quote: "One thing I'd like to get off my chest: I did f**k Javier Bardem and Philip Seymour Hoffman is the product of our union. I hope you understand I mean that metaphorically." Dustin Hoffman ended Saturday's (23Feb08) Film Independent Spirit Awards with a hilarious revelation, before urging his `son' to "take a bow".
Quote: "If The Graduate hadn't come along when I was 30, they would still be asking for my ID, I think. Right up until the time I was getting recognised they were asking for it." Actor Dustin Hoffman on the downside of looking perpetually youthful.
Quote: "I hated every part of school. Part of it was my nose, part of it was my lack of stature. I was always the shortest and I had acne." Dustin Hoffman was never happy as a schoolboy.
Quote: "I hated every part of school. Part of it was my nose, part of it was my lack of stature. I was always the shortest and I had acne." Dustin Hoffman admits he was never happy as a schoolboy.
Quote: "I met him at an awards ceremony. We were both pretty loaded. I love that guy. I hope he's not hurting himself because he drinks too much and smokes too much. But he's a very sweet man. Oh I love him." Dustin Hoffman has a lot of admiration from British comedian JOHNNY VEGAS.
Quote: "What would you feel like if you go in for brain surgery and the brain surgeon leans over and says, 'I just want you to know that I'm not a perfectionist. But don't worry - I'm a nice guy.'" Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman rejects being called a perfectionist.
Quote: "I'm looking forward to the age when I can wear clothes that don't match. You see older men doing that, where they just say 'screw it'. I'm looking forward to the 'screw it' years." Dustin Hoffman is ready to embrace old age.
Quote: "I've got to stop picking my nose. I do it when I'm in my car and then realise someone's just taken a picture!" Dustin Hoffman reveals his bad habit.
Quote: "I remember when I hit 60, my father-in-law said to me, 'How do you feel?' I said, 'Well, I accept being middle-aged.' He said, 'Middle-aged? How many people do you know who are 120?'" Actor Dustin Hoffman is under no illusions now about his maturity.
Quote: "If you walk the sidewalks in the Big Apple (New York), you should always walk closer to the buildings. The sidewalks curve a little, and that way you seem to be much taller." Dustin Hoffman on how short people, like himself, can use New York architecture to look taller.
Quote: "The only way for a relationship to work between a man and a woman is if on a fundamental level the man is scared s**tless by his wife." Dustin Hoffman offers marriage advice.
Quote: "I don't remember the Seventies. It was a blur. For me, it was soft drugs, pot and drinking." The seventies were a blur to Dustin Hoffman.
Quote: "He's the only person I know over the age of 10 who still says 'Gosh' and 'Wow' a lot." Dustin Hoffman on co-star WILL FERRELL.
Quote: "I identified with DUMBO. He had the ears, but I had the nose." Dustin Hoffman jokes about his acting inspiration.
Quote: <p>"If I met her... I would probably leave my wife for her." Dustin Hoffman admits he has a crush on tennis star ARANTXA SANCHEZ-VICARIO. </p>