franchise, his most recent big- screen project in which he is the voice of Master Shifu, he adds: ‘‘ How many years now are going to greet me where the most interesting roles are going to be animated?’’
That said, joining the cast of Luck wasn’t just Hoffman’s way of getting his face on our screens.
Setting a series around the beat of the track and the thrill of gambling was an added incentive, as was the role of Ace himself.
‘‘ I was attracted to the chance to play someone out of my own history as a human being,’’ Hoffman says.
‘‘ He woke up late and that’s what I identify with. Ace struggles to live within his own moral framework as best he can, but throughout his life he’s lived on the edge.
‘‘ One thing he learnt in prison is that it was three years for him to ask, ’ What have I done with my life?’
‘‘ Yes, he comes out seeking revenge but there is a surrounding question of, is it too late?’’