RIP Dustin Hoffman (not really)

“When King Lear dies in Act V, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He’s written “He dies.” That’s all, nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of the most influential work of dramatic literature is “He dies.” It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with “He dies.” And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it’s only natural to be sad, but not because of the words “He dies,” but because of the life we saw prior to the words. I’ve lived all five of my acts, Mahoney, and I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I’m only asking that you turn the page, continue reading… and let the next story begin. And if anyone asks what became of me, you relate my life in all its wonder, and end it with a simple and modest “He died.”
― Dustin Hoffman

New Orleans

I rarely remember my dreams – but last night I had a dream so realistic I woke up convinced it had really happened. I dreamed that Dustin Hoffman had died. I remember reading the word “Suddenly” in the article. It was so vivid that when I woke up I had to look it up to see if it had happened. I’m glad he’s going to appear in “Our Town” once Broadway opens back up.

Why did I dream of Dustin Hoffman? I have no idea. While I respect his impressive body of work, I never was a particular fan (I actually didn’t like Tootsie).

I do remember reading that because of his death Ishtar had shot to the top of the streaming charts.

2 responses to “RIP Dustin Hoffman (not really)

  1. Aren’t dreams funny/odd (and sometimes funny/amusing)? It’s always a little startling when they seem so real. I’m not sure I could name three movies Hoffman was in, but I really like that quotation.

    • I don’t remember dreams very often, I only remember a vague sense of frustration and sadness.

      Dustin Hoffman has been in a surprising number of important movies – he was great early – The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, Little Big Man, Straw Dogs.

      After those, I find a lot of his movies, though well-done, a little maudlin, Kramer v Kramer, Hero, Rain Man.

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