‘Midnight Cowboy’ Star Dustin Hoffman Once Turned Down Iconic Role

by Hannah Heser
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Have you ever heard the saying, “Right person wrong time?” That is exactly what Midnight Cowboy star, Dustin Hoffman is thinking when he reminisces on the role he turns down. Many people are asking, “Why did he turn it down in the first place if he regrets it now?”

Here’s why:

First of all, he has won seven Best Actor Oscar nominations throughout his acting career. This has proven Hoffman to be one of the most adaptable performers in the business. From Little Big Man to Midnight Cowboy, he continuously makes a name for himself through his hard work.

He is such a hardworking actor by using the acting techniques from his old shows into new ones. Although, this can sometimes result in more extreme performances, which is potentially a good thing.

Like many other actors, Hoffman has regrets for declining a few roles. But this one, in particular, will surprise you.

The Reason Dustin Hoffman Turns Down the Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’ Film

First of all, he is not the only actor that makes this mistake. There are tons of performers who think they don’t have time for it, then watch it rise in popularity. After all, no one is perfect.

An example of another actor who did this is Will Smith with the refusal of entering “The Matrix” as Neo.

Hoffman is still upset that he refused the opportunity of a lifetime of this 1976 film.

Hoffman tells Digital Spy that he wasn’t aware of his films when the opportunity came up to discuss with Scorsese about Taxi Driver.

“I remember meeting Martin Scorsese. He had no script and I didn’t even know who he was,” Hoffman says. “I had not seen any of his films and he talked a mile a minute telling me what the movie would be about. I was thinking, ‘What is he talking about?’ I thought the guy was crazy! I’ve made so many dumb mistakes with turning down hit movies.”

At last, De Niro went on to star as the main character in Taxi Driver. And it ends up earning four Academy Award nominations, such as Best Picture and Best Actor.

At the end of the day, everything happens for a reason. There are going to be many more hit films for Dustin Hoffman to star in. Just wait and see!