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Dustin Hoffman Once Taunted Meryl Streep About Her Dead Boyfriend

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Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep confront one another in a scene from the movie “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

In the film “Kramer vs. Kramer,” a younger Meryl Streep provides an emotional efficiency as a spouse and mom who walks out on her household. The critically acclaimed position earned Streep the primary of three Oscars.

And in a revealing new interview from Vanity Fair, author Michael Schulman provides a behind the scenes take a look at what may’ve triggered Streep’s intense efficiency, which got here on the heels of the demise of her boyfriend of two years, actor John Cazale.

Schulman, writer of the Streep biography Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streepstated Streep was chosen for her position as Joanna Kramer by Dustin Hoffman, who was forged as Ted Kramer. Hoffman’s knew of Streep’s boyfriend’s demise, and felt as if that may amplify Streep’s appearing. Throughout the film shoot, Hoffman would use Cazale’s identify and dying to elicit a response from Streep. 

For the Vanity Fair adaption of Her Again, director Robert Benton and producer Richard Fischoff speak about Hoffman tormenting Streep and even slapping her with out warning, Schulman writes: 

While filming the primary scene, proper earlier than their entrance, he slapped Streep arduous throughout the cheek, leaving a pink mark. Later within the scene, whereas he was off-display, he began taunting Streep about Cazale, jabbing her with remarks about his most cancers and his dying. “He was goading her and frightening her,” Fischoff recalled, “utilizing stuff that he knew about her personal life and about John to get the response that he thought she ought to be giving within the efficiency.

Before filming the emotional courtroom scene Hoffman went over to Streep and, out of Benton’s earshot, began whispering Cazale’s identify in her ear, planting the seeds of anguish earlier than she delivered Joanna’s speech on the stand.

Streep went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her efficiency, whereas Hoffman took home Best Actor. The film additionally garnered three further Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Though it isn’t conclusive that Hoffman’s technique appearing “labored,” the movie was successful. To today, Streep and Hoffman have but to work on one other film collectively.

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Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman on the Oscars. 

Head over to Vanity Fair to learn the remainder of the article and search for Michael Schulman’s Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep when it hits bookshelves this April. 

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