Dustin Hoffman Luck interview – the best writers have moved to TV

Posted on 1 March 2012
By Bert Bernstein
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Hollywood legend and Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman has spoken of his delight after moving from the movie industry to roles for television.

Dustin, 74, stars in new series Luck from acclaimed director Michael Mann alongside Nick Nolte and Michael Gambon and says there is more freedom to produce ‘your best work’ for TV.

The Midnight Cowboy star explained that the best writers have moved away from the silver to the small screen to escape the creative constraints of Hollywood.

He said: “You cannot get a shot at doing your best work in film’s studio system.

“There’s committees, there’s meetings. They’re all on the set.

“They get involved in a kind of quasi – at least I think it is – creative way, but they buck heads with people that they shouldn’t be bucking heads with.

“With HBO, once they give a ‘go’, there is no committee. These guys are allowed to try to do their best work, and they then give it to us. And I think that for some years now, the first-rate writers have all been going to television, not films.”

In Sky Atlantic’s Luck, Dustin plays Chester ‘Ace’ Bernstein, a quietly powerful, wealthy and well–connected man, who returns to the horse racing track from serving three years in prison.

He said: “I think Ace is a man who has lived as honourable a life as he could, in an alternative universe.

“Maybe not in the Mafia himself, but as someone who has dealt with the Mob, he has tried to live a life where he is a man of his word.”

The Graduate icon is married to Lisa, his second wife, with whom he has two daughters, two sons and two grandchildren.

Aside from the lack of creative control, he credits Lisa with persuading him to take to the small screen.

He added: “I’m not a big TV watcher.

“But I asked my wife, and she said, ‘Well, you know, get with the times.'”