You just gotta love him, yeah. He’s rendered me inconsolable with emotion in roles that are as diverse they are brilliant: his autistic savant, Ray, in the excellent Rain Man; to his single father coping with being left by his depressed wife in Kramer Vs. Kramer (my favourite Dustin role, with the most awesomely tonal wardrobe. Also: Streep-hair); to his dastardly Captain in the eponymous Hook, plus about three million more. As well as being one of Hollywood’s most highly regarded actors, Hoffman is also widely considered to be one of its nicest residents. We love him because he is kind, and politically liberal, and is a cool dude who thinks women are ace (watch this mega cute video). He might not be an archetypal hunk, but to me he is beautiful.
(For Dr Allen. Whatta summer! Xx)