Dustin Hoffman: The Artistic Star
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This chapter situates Dustin Hoffman’s incipient star career as a negotiation of tension between appealing to young educated adults and maintaining Hollywood traditions. To an unexamined extent, Hoffman’s performance style and contemporary interviews to the press exerted a considerable influence over what became known as the “Hollywood Renaissance.” Hoffman’s stature as an ethnic everyman, anti-hero, and unlikely star was a determinative signifier in his films, his ancillary discourse, and the movement more generally. As much as any actor, Hoffman established the Rough Rebel star image: not conventionally handsome, white-ethnic, committed to and excelling at performance, careerist, liberal but not radical, and privileging male-male relationships over male-female relationships.
KeywordsBody Language Cover Story Audience Member Star Actor Star Image
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