In a huff with Hoff
Williams played Peter Pan in Steven Spielberg’s 1991 movie Hook, with Dustin Hoffman in the title role. The pair had a ‘feisty’ relationship, full of oneupmanship. When Hoffman called for a scene to be halted because he’d lost his motivation, Williams hit him with a retort that had supposedly been flung at him by Laurence Olivier on the set of Marathon Man: ‘When all else fails, try acting.’ So when Williams later stumbled over his own lines, Hoffman peered into the camera and asked, ‘What can you expect from Mork?’ After nailing the next take, Williams responded, ‘Ishtar is on television tonight’ – a reference to Hoffman’s notorious boxoffice flop.
FEISTY: Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams at the premiere of Hook