In an interview with Jeff Dawson for the Times of London, Dustin Hoffman delivers some choice bon mots on his career, and the rise and fall of 1970s cinematic individualism.

Though he helped to usher in a new kind of filmmaking, and a new kind of stardom, with his lead role in 1967's The Graduate, and coasted through the American New Wave on landmark vehicles such as Midnight Cowboy and All The President's Men, Hoffman is quick to point out that the Hollywood renaissance from which his career was launched did not - and by necessity, could not - last long.

It started with Jaws," Hoffman grumbles. "It was the first movie that opened in 2,000 theatres. They carpet-bombed the country. The possibility of garnering that amount of money on the opening weekend, suddenly it was a whole new ball game. It changed everything. We didn't think about grosses when we were making movies.

Hoffman also insists that his reputation as an intolerable slave to the Method is somewhat unfounded. Remember Sir Lawrence Olivier's famed comment from the set of Marathon Man, about how Hoffman should "Just try acting it, dear boy"? Hoffman says that Olivier was actually referencing his own troubles on the set of Hamlet: "It was a self-deprecating thing."

To read more, including a lovingly snarky bit about the sexual appetite of his Meet the Fockers co-star Barbra Streisand, visit the Times Online.

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