Behind the feud between Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep

The movie could have been called Kramer against Kramer, but if they ever do a behind-the-scenes documentary, maybe they should call it Hoffman vs Streep. Though the film went on to win a whopping five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Actor and Actress in a Leading Role for Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, respectively, the 1980s film’s success wasn’t easy.

Streep has won three Oscars since then, but the first was by far the most expensive. The summary for Kramer against Kramer It says, “After his wife dumps him, a work-obsessed Manhattan ad executive is forced to learn long-neglected parenting skills, but a heated custody battle over the couple’s young son deepens the wounds left by the breakup.” And apparently spilled over Part of that tension transfers to the set.

The problems first came to the fore when Streep had a late script change approved by writer-director Robert Benton to give it a more progressive approach. Apparently this change angered Hoffman, who was already preparing for the scene in its original context and reportedly yelled, “Meryl, why don’t you stop carrying the flag of feminism and just play the scene.”

However, Hoffman literally crossed the line, as Streep recounted The New York Times, “That was my first film, and it was my first take in my first film, and he just slapped me.” This made its way into the final cut of the film, which documents spousal abuse. As Streep adds, “And you see it in the film. It was an overshoot.”

This disturbing story points to Hollywood’s problem with stars “maintaining their character,” as Robert Pattinson recently rightly observed: “I always say, people who do method acting, you only ever see people doing the method when they’re doing it.” playing assholes.” youngest The Batman star said.

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Adding, “You never see someone who’s nice to everyone while they’re really deep in their character.” Anyone who has ever worked in the film industry will tell you that there is an unfailing kernel of truth in it. At times, method acting might just seem pretentious and mildly amusing, but there’s a darker side as well.

It was around this time that Hoffman was getting divorced in real life, which blurred the lines of fiction as he came to work to come out as a man amid a troubling breakup. “I’m sure I played something for her [Streep] throughout the film,” he told the Huffington Post. “Stuff I felt about the woman I divorced in real life.”

He later apologized for any wrongdoing during that time, stating: “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I could have done could have put them in an awkward situation. I’m sorry. It doesn’t reflect who I am.”

Fortunately, measures are increasingly being taken to mitigate such incidents on set. As Streep said of her recent experience and the progressive trend, “But I think those things are being rectified. And they are not politically corrected; they are solid. They will be fixed because people will no longer accept it. So that’s a good thing.” However, following personal discussions with others in the industry, action needs to be further accelerated to make filmmaking safer for everyone.

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