In a huff with Hoff

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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 box- of­fice flop.

Dustin Hoff­man and Robin Wil­liams at the premiere of Hook

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