Carl Bernstein

Dustin Hoffman: 'I try to improve each day, but you don't'

Afternoon Mediterranean light pours into an open doorway where Dustin Hoffman sits, grinning.

He will turn 80 this summer and his hair, still full, is mostly white. But he looks remarkably good. Age has done little to dim his eagerness for engagement, his mischievous wit or, it turns out, his proclivity for continual self-examination.

In Noah Baumbach's "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)," which is competing for the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, he plays a mostly forgotten abstract artist whose failed ambitions and self-obsession have instilled deep neuroses into his children (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel). Hoffman, a two-time Oscar...

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