Meet the Fockers star Dustin Hoffman has expressed concern for the current state of affairs within the film world, stating that it's the worst it has been since he joined the industry almost half a century ago.
Hoffman told UK newspaper, The Independent:
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.
He says this despite the fact that his latest HBO TV Series, Luck, a show about horse racing, was recently cancelled due to PETA protests about horses dying on set.
The two-time Oscar winner's worries appear to be linked to the increasing financial pressure and time limitations on set, finding that demands on directors to produce their films quicker and cheaper have increased significantly since he first started out.
It’s hard to believe you can do good work for the little amount of money these days. We did The Graduate and that film still sustains. It had a wonderful script that they spent three years on, and an exceptional director with an exceptional cast and crew, but it was a small movie, four walls and actors, and yet it was 100 days of shooting.
After making his directorial debut in 2012 with Quartet, a British comedy-drama starring Maggie Smith and Billy Connelly, the Hook actor is now on the look-out for his next big project, though he has his reservations,
“I’m looking at everything that comes to me, I’m not getting much as far as directing is concerned,” he said. “I don’t think that has anything to do with whether you are good or not, it’s just about whether your films make money or not.”
Hoffman's next movie Boychoir will be in theaters September 10th.