Dustin Hoffman on the Classic FM Interview

"Quartet is about the irony of the body fighting youth as you get older. No matter what you feel like, the body is telling you something else, whereas the spirit is infinite and can actually grow as your body is breaking down." Hoffman spoke to Nick Ferrari about his directorial debut with the new opera-inspired film Quartet.

Dustin Hoffman rose to fame in the Graduate in 1967 and has gone on to prove that a character actor can also be a leading man, having won two Oscars, one for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979 and one for Rain Man in 1988.

He is known for taking on a wide range of difficult roles and for his versatile portrayals of anti-heroes and vulnerable characters. In his most recent film he turns to the elderly, but this time he's not in front of the camera, he's behind it.

The film Quartet marks Hoffman's directorial debut, which at the age of 75 gives him a whole lifetime of experience on which to draw. The film is set in a home for retired opera singers who come together to celebrate Verdi's birthday. In this fascinating interview Hoffman tells Nick about his love of classical music and why he thinks the genre is so important.

You can listen to the full interview again below:

Dustin Hoffman Interview part 1

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