Dustin Hoffman once turned down a role offered to him by Martin Scorsese – because he thought the filmmaker was “crazy”.
The Graduate actor was approached by the director to star in the now classic film Taxi Driver – but rejected the part because he was alarmed by the strange antics of 65-year-old Scorsese.
“I remember meeting Martin Scorsese. He had no script and I didn’t even know who he was. I hadn’t seen any of his films and he talked a mile a minute telling me what the movie would be about,” he reveals. “I was thinking, ‘What is he talking about?’ I thought the guy was crazy! The film was Taxi Driver. I made so many dumb mistakes (turning down hit movies). The list is endless.”
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