The Best Thing I Saw All Week
I think it was Dustin Hoffman, father of six, who once said if you want your kids to keep coming home, keep your home a place they want to come to. (Totally paraphrasing here as I can’t find the quote on the know-it-all internet.) I heard it years ago, long before having kids myself, and it stuck with me – keep a vibrant, fun, current home and they’ll keep coming back. There’s also the unspoken lesson of humility – don’t count on some outdated “duty” to keep your kids returning. You may have raised them but they don’t owe you anything. So trick out of your house! From that point on I paid attention to Dustin Hoffman and the man does not disappoint. Here’s a recent gem:
It’s worth the 3 minute view – he’s an incredible actor, he emotes! – but here’s the partial transcript:
“If I was going to be a woman, I would want to be as beautiful as possible. And they said to me, ‘Uh, that’s as beautiful as we can get you.’
And I went home and started crying to my wife, and I said, ‘I have to make this picture.’ And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘Because I think I’m an interesting woman when I look at myself on-screen, and I know that if I met myself at a party, I would never talk to that character because she doesn’t fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think that women have to have in order for us to ask them out.’
She says, ‘What are you saying?’ and I said, ‘There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.’
It was not what it felt like to be a woman. It was what it felt like to be someone that people didn’t respect, for the wrong reasons.
I know it’s a comedy. But comedy’s a serious business.”
I think the last line is incorrect. I think he said, “That was never a comedy for me.” Brilliant.
Thank you Dustin.