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Within the course of an architectural project, the meeting of client objectives, site constraints and the architect's ideas gradually shapes the future building. Dustin Lee Hoffman (born August 8, ) is an American actor and director. Hoffman is best .. I didn't know where it would end up, but Sean met Dustin improvisation for improvisation, and a great deal of richness and humor came out of it." .. "John Oliver grills Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment allegations". (The Meatball Fight) Gaston: And so it begins Ready, aim, fire! (Fires a meatball from a miniature cannon) Franny: (gasps) Ha! Surely that is not the best you.
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Not a one of them is portrayed as a nice person. Herne the Hunter and Lamentation, but it's unique in that we don't find out their backstories until a few books after. They totally deserved it though. Razor Eddie was stone-cold killer with a pearl-handled straight-edge razor when he was fourteen years old. He made a name for himself in a street gang war over turf and afterwards killed people for money or the notoriety or because he could.
Then one day he went down the Street of Gods and an epiphany happened. He hasn't said what, but now Eddie sleeps in doorways and lives on handouts and kills people who think their position and power protects them from their crimes, as penance for his earlier crimes.
He also has some feeling for the homeless, now that he is one, and anyone who means ill for the homeless will die in a spray of blood and body parts. And the trope is invoked in the first Nightside book when Taylor talks about him some. Punk God of the Straight Razor. These days he kills with good rather than bad intentions, but in the end all he is, is killing. And he wouldn't have it any other way. Hard to get close to a man like that. Someone who's gone much further into the dark than I ever have.
Whatever epiphany he found on the Street of the Gods, he threw aside everything that had ever had power over him, in order to earn redemption. How can you not admire courage like that?
If someone like him can change, there's hope for all of us. Dead Boy is also obligated to do good deeds in hope that it'll let him rules-lawyer his way out of the deal he'd made.
Subverted in that, while he goes through the motions, he doesn't actually seem to care much about making amends for anything: Also subverted in that he didn't really make such a deal at all; that's just what the person who reanimated him and meddled with his memories wanted him to think.
Subverted with Harry Fabulous, who claims he's trying to atone for his sleazy past, but seems to spend most of his time making equally-sleazy deals.
John visits one of the worst via a Timeslip in the first novel, and spends several books to follow searching for the means to avert it. And by "one of the worst", we mean "one so nasty that seeing it scares armies of sociopathic, genocidal elves out of a civil war, for fear they'll bring it about".
Plenty, but the Lord of Thorns takes the cake: I am the stone that breaks all hearts. I am the nails that bound the Christ to his cross. I am the arrow that pierced a King's eye. I am the necessary suffering that makes us all stronger. The cold, clear heart of the Nightside. It was given to me to have dominion over all who exist here, to protect the Nightside from itself. I maintain the Great Experiment, watching over it, and sitting in judgement on all who might seek to disrupt or tamper with its essential nature.
I am the scalpel that cuts out infection, and the heartbreak that makes men wiser. I am the Lord of Thorns, and I know you all. I've been waiting for you. From the same book as the above, a kick-ass quadruple example: I am Sinnerand I have known the secrets of the Pit. So bring it on. John never leaves home without his trusty white trench coat. John's coat sometimes approaches the status of Companion Cube. At least, he often refers to feeding it or taking it for a walk. And John doesn't have a monopoly on the trope.
Razor Eddie and Dead Boy have their grey and purple coats respectively. Hadleigh Oblivion's Badass Longcoat is so black that it seems to swallow up light. Adrien Saint as the Walking Man wears a long Western-style duster. The Coltranes don't use much magic, aside from the occasional protective circle, but they still toss Mexican wrestlers and unruly werewolves out of Strangefellows with casual ease.
John's secretary Cathy has her moments too. Fate kicks a fair amount of ass without any powers, just expert martial-arts training and a few silver-edged throwing stars. Shotgun Suzie was this for years, before an emergency infusion of werewolf blood gave her an edge. Barred from the Afterlife: In one of the novels, Sinner is an otherwise-good man who'd sold his soul to the Devil for true love.
When he died and went to Hell, it was revealed to him that his "true love" was a succubus who'd only been pretending to care about him Rather than let a happy soul spoil the atmosphere of the place, the Devil kicked him out again, and Sinner wound up in the Nightside, back on Earth.
Almost all books after the first start with John doing a short case unrelated to the main plot for the first chapter, which gives John the chance to show off his talents and sometimes hang a Chekhov's Gun.
In The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny the "short case" actually lasts for over half of the book.
A motif aside, it's still completely unconnected to the plot of thethis book. The worker-drones of Abomination, Inc. Inherent in the Nightside; no residents are completely innocent. Our "heroes" include jaded detectives who are recovering addicts, mercenaries, and slasher film characters. They're only good guys because their enemies are even worse. The Bedlam Boys used to be one, until they got too old to be marketable and sold their talent to the Collector who keeps it in a very small jar.
Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Pretty Poison, of all people, negates the temptress-assassin Bad Penny's hyper-seductive influence over John and his companions with a one word insult. Pretty Poison is a millennia-old succubus. Years later, when Dead Boy features in his own short story, it's revealed that the car does turn into a robot Practically every other book, John expresses a wish that someone would hire him to find out why the Moon appears so much larger from the Nightside.
In Bride, he finally receives a letter asking him to investigate just that General Condor is implied to have been this trope, back in his own future era. The singer Rossignol's performances tend to induce suicides. C-D Came Back Wrong: Dead Boy was killed by muggers at the age of He made a deal with something he won't say exactly what and came back for revenge, a spirit possessing his own body.
Now, he's super strong, unkillable, and held together with staples and duct tape. The short story "How Do You Feel? New details are constantly being flung around, forgotten, called back, ignored, disproved, so on and so forth.
Sometimes in the same book. The rules of Cool and Fun are in full effect and the series works best if you define its continuity with Broad Strokes. But that does have the net effect of making it more important when continuity does play a role in things. Julian Advent, particularly in his glory days as the Victorian Adventurer.
Fate, the Nightside's own transvestite superhero. Chandra Singh, visiting monster-slaying holy warrior of India. Julien Advent is Adam Adamant in all but name. To drive the point home, in one book he mentions having had a female companion named Juliet Juliet Harmer played Georgina Jones who runs a nightclub called Adamant.
Played with, in that it's tacitly implied that, in-Verse, the show was based on Julien rather than the other way around. Business as usual, in the Nightside. Suddenly and messily and all over the place. Can't take you anywhere There's some shit up with which I will not put. For most of the series, both John and Suzy are this, enforced by Suzie's trauma. Somewhere between books 9 and 11, however, they get it on enough that Suzie has shown John some combat holds as foreplay, and she's now pregnant.
In Unnatural Inquirer, and specifically that book's Batman Cold OpenTaylor sets out on a mission from Walker to hunt down a man using an artifact to mess with the Loa.
Normally in situations where Walker gets involved, he takes whatever he's after The teddy bear that Taylor found for Jessica Sorrow in Agents is also the link that she and his other Enemies use to send attackers against him from the Bad Future. In Uncanny, at least two references to Excalibur are made by two different people. Taylor notes that no one has seen the sword since Arthurian times, and that even the Collector doesn't have it since he'd have gloated over it. Guess what shows up in the mail by the end?
All he knows is she left his father, and when said father found out that she was something not human he basically drank himself to death. John has no idea who or what she is. John mentions the possibility of finding Merlin's missing heart the first time Merlin appears in the series. Sure enough, he finds and later destroys the heart a few books later.
Guess who gets retrieved eventually John Taylor gets dragged into more crap than John McClane. But all of it is totally justified, because: The Salvation Army Sisterhood. At least, that's how they appear to outsiders. You don't mess with the Little Sisters of the Immaculate Chainsaw. Walker isn't his real name Probably only in theory, not practice, as John is already so infamous under his own name that calling him "Walker" would only diminish his intimidation-factor.
Hadleigh Oblivion, Walker's predecessor, also used his own name and was famous in the Nightside before he took up the job. It's likely that this trope only applies if the Authorities' mouthpiece rises from obscurity to assume the role. Collector of the Strange: The Cardinal collects obscure religious bric-a-brac, the Museum of Unnatural History collects and displays all sorts of Nightside oddities, the Lamentation collects suicides and their means of death, Dead Boy collects the more exotic calibers of bullet he digs out of his cold flesh, and the Collector collects everything.
Although ironically the Collector is not The Collector. The one thing he, as a Misanthrope Supremehas no interest in, is human beings.
Walker's Voice cannot be denied by anyone. Rumor has it, he even made a corpse sit up on an autopsy table to answer his questions. Less a rumor, more a " Must you keep bringing that up? When confronted with an animated statue, he calmly debates it and convinces it that it can't exist.
He's so good he can persuade the fabric of reality. Not as blatant as most of Green's Canon Weldingbut in Unnatural Inquirer, Taylor's narration mentions how the failure of one of the Nightside's common Bigger on the Inside magical effects can cause buildings to collapse.
This is exactly what happened in one of his Hawk And Fisher novels, when the titular cops busted a drug ring and the dealers let their space-expansion spell lapse to cover their tracks. The revelation that the Sun King from Bride is likely to destroy the world if he makes the Sun rise there isn't as big of a surprise to anyone who's read Drinking Midnight Wine: Dead Boy's self-driving, flamethrower-and-buzzsaw-armed car of the future.
The Fatemobile, essentially the Batmobile in drag. Julien Advent's gorgeous white limo. For that matter, any vehicle that can hold its own in Nightside traffic probably has to qualify. Alexander, Jeremiah Griffin, Taffy Lewis. Walker does this when he murders his oldest friend, the Collector. The Nightside is a bad place. Until you visit Sinister Albion, where Merlin became the Antichrist.
Then the Nightside really seems like a walk in the park. The Bad Future that John spends the first half of the series trying to avert gives even Sinister Albion a run for its money in the Crapsack department. John has all sorts of useful trinkets and substances stuffed into the innumerable pockets of the aforementioned coat.
Although it might be surprising to some how often the solution to a problem can be found in the form of condiments. Despite having Merlin as backup, Alex likes to solve his own problems. Given the bar's diverse clientele, he's got bouncers, magic spells, and even holy water on tap. Razor Eddie, "Punk God of the Straight Razor", is described as "an extremely disturbing agent of good.
The forces of good didn't get a say in the matter". Fair enough, since he's a reformed — but not retired — Serial Killer who targets those who threaten children and the homeless and has been known to leave buildings soaked in blood but conspicuously absent of corpses. Hadleigh Oblivion is an upmarket version: Even his own brothers find him creepy, which is saying a lot since one of them is a zombie.
The Croc Is Ticking: Madman is surrounded by his own personal soundtrack, which is helpful in warning people to get the hell out of the insane Reality Warper 's way. All over the place. Dark Age of Supernames: Lots of minor characters, particularly villains, sport epithets that fit this trope.
So do a number of creepy supernatural weapons and locations, for that matter. Pen Donavon from The Unnatural Inquirer, who had no idea because all memory of dying had been suppressed. Lilith can destroy people utterly with just a glare, turning them into "agonized shadows" on the wall behind them. Her son is good at it too. Just about everyone gets in on the act at some point. Lampshade Hanging is a big hobby in the Nightside.
Deal with the Devil: Sinner sold his soul for ten years of true love. When the time was up, Satan told him that his "true love" was actually a succubus who'd lied about loving him And since he still loved her on being sent to Hell, they kicked him back out - the place was too nice while he was around.
Deconstructed with the Walking Man, a person who sells his soul to God. He has amazing power The Removal Man thought he'd done the same thing, but he'd actually been suckered by someone who definitely wasn't God. Also, it's pretty much a given that you can deal with the devil in the Nightside.
Dead Boy has dealt with the latter. The Griffin plays this trope straight. Though the contract can be partly revised, if someone has enough connection to one side or the other Played straight and inverted in Paths, when Taylor and Suzie allow angels to possess them, one evil and one good.
The Primal possess some cryogenically-preserved bodies from the Necropolis. In the Bad Future seen in the first book, the moon is gone.
When he time-travels to said Bad Future in Sharper, John witnesses the Nightside's demise in transit, including how it shatters and rains down over the already-devastated city. Subverted in that, despite coming from nowhere, our hygenically-challenged friend only comes to a stand-still with the Wrath of God in question, and is ultimately beaten. The return of King Arthur seems to be this at first, but once more is subverted - even he becomes more of a tool in John's hands. The Speaking Gun tends to subvert this in its later appearances: Despite being the incarnation of Earth, Gayle is pretty downright affable for an Eldritch Abomination.
John's Gift has helped him find the Achilles' Heel of a significant number of Eldritch Abominations over the years. He gives a few of them indigestion, as well.
Given who his mother is eventually revealed to be he's related to most of them, as he said in ''Judgment Day. Done with the Speaking Gun. John weaponizes him, the pocket watch he took from Walker, and the Gateway they opened to send him a message and knocks their socks off. John has a literal fistfight with Kid Cthulhu in Unnatural Inquirer.
It didn't go well, as John is much better with his tricks and Gift than his fists. Different World, Different Movies: Regularly played with; many stores offer items from alternate histories.
This includes alt-history media works, such as Beatles rap albums, pornographic versions of Agatha Christie mysteries, and Orson Welles ' Batman epic Citizen Wayne. The Mammon Emporium's specialty is chain stores and fast food from alternate realities, like a McDonalds- Expy specializing in dolphinburgers.
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A few divine-blooded characters, like Jimmy Thunder a descendent of Thor turn up, usually as faces in the crowd at gatherings of immortals. Does Not Like Shoes: Rossignol performs her singing acts barefoot. The Sun King walks around barefoot. John never carries a gun. He usually doesn't need one, and when he does, Suzie carries enough for both of them.
Heck, Suzie carries enough for the SAS. Fully justified in the form of the Speaking Gun, which is said to effectively damn the user if they ever pull the trigger, and makes people feel dirty by just touching it. They make it too easy to make the kind of mistakes you can't put right by saying 'Sorry' afterwards. Besides I never felt the need. He then opens his hands the and bullets fall out. John was reduced to drinking by his sojourn in London Proper, and had previously become a drug addict in the Nightside before Razor Eddie dragged him back from the brink.
After Camelot's fall, Merlin retreats to the bar that would become Strangefellows and drinks himself into a stupor. Duck Season, Rabbit Season: How John tricks a simulacrum door into telling him the password it's been demanding before it'll open.
Possibly Joan Taylor and Stephen Shooter, if the cross-sex reflections John and Suzie see in Old Father Time's mirrors in Paths Not Taken were the same alternate versions of themselves that they meet several books later.
Rossignol invokes this trope on-stage. Lilith's manifested body takes it Up to Elevenso monochrome that she looks like she walked out of a black-and-white movie. The Nightside has these galore. For the most part, though, they've all got glass jawsat least when John Taylor gets involved, subverting the usual "cosmic horror" that you see in Lovecraftian fiction.
On the other hand, these things are the bottom feeders of the Cosmic Horror food chain. Bride brings in a few more - the inhabitants of Ward 12A are there due to interference by such beings, including potential gateways outside.
Also, the force behind the Sun King, the Aquarians, are similar beings. Lilith attempts to pull this off, but is stopped by her son and the men who brought her into the world. What is important is that Bruce's routines are so artfully reconstructed, the juice of his creativity so carefully strained, that the claim to genius is justified. And for that Dustin Hoffman deserves full credit, vanishing into the Bruce persona to simply stunning effectiveness,… Hoffman captures the restlessness, the velocity of a man's mouth straining to keep pace with a jet-propelled intelligence…  Lenny was nominated for six Academy Awardsincluding Best PictureBest DirectorBest ActorBest ActressBest Adapted Screenplayand Best Cinematography.
Based on actual events, Hoffman and Redford play Washington Post reporters who uncover a break-in at the Watergate Hotel and end up investigating a political scandal that reaches all the way to the presidency. The film, as earlier ones, had Hoffman take on a dramatically different character than his previous one as Lenny Bruce. Author James Morrison compares the two roles: Described as "Schlesinger's thriller," by author Gene D.
PhillipsHoffman plays the hero, Babe Levy, a part-time long-distance runner and graduate student, who suddenly finds himself being pursued by a fugitive Nazi. In the story, Hoffman thinks his brother Roy Scheider is a businessman where the reality is that the man is a spy, who has been involved with the Nazi, Szell. I was called on, as the character, to fire point-blank at the Laurence Olivier character, Dr. Szell, and kill him in that last scene.
And I said that I couldn't do it. Goldman was quite upset about it, because first of all, how dare I? He wrote the book. I said, "Go hire someone else. Are you such a Jew? And that's important to me, that I didn't shoot him in the end.
Being a Jew is not losing your humanity and not losing your soul. He opted out of directing Straight Timebut starred as a thief. Hoffman next starred in Kramer vs. Kramer co-starring Meryl Streep and directed by Robert Benton.
The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its impact on everyone involved, including the couple's young son.
The film required Hoffman to change his attitude, from being a "desensitized advertising art director" into becoming a "responsive and concerned daddy" after his wife Streep walks out on him and their six-year-old son, Billy. Hoffman, during the making of the movie, was also going through his own divorce after a ten-year first marriage.
Hoffman has said, "Giving myself permission not only to be present but to be a father was a kind of epiphany for me at that time, that I could get to through my work. I got closer to being a father by playing a father.
That's very painful to say. Children are more interesting than anything. I walk my younger child to school every day and I don't like leaving the school. I would like to sit down on those little chairs, at those little tables, and play. And a child's love is like a drug. To have a child throw his arms about you—it's instant stoned. People talk about the rush heroin gives you: I would say children give you that rush.
Kramer, Robert Benton made me emotional. He was pulling so hard for me. In TootsieHoffman portrays Michael Dorsey, a struggling actor who finds himself dressing up as a woman to land a role on a soap opera.
His co-star was Jessica Lange. Tootsie earned ten Academy Award nominations, including Hoffman's fifth nomination. Under direction by Sydney PollackHoffman's role demanded "a steady bombardment of opposites—edgy then funny, romantic then realistic, soft then quivering. He has the knack of making everything he does seem perilous, and so audiences feel protective of him and root for him. I like to be very prepared, and I feel that the success or failure of a film is many times determined before you start principal photography.
I wanted rehearsal very much.Meet the Robinsons
I was promised two weeks and was grieved that I didn't get it. We also followed the risky course of starting to shoot with a screenplay that wasn't completed. Hoffman first read the play at the age of 16, but today considers the story much like his own: I was the loser, the flunky, and my brother, a high-school varsity football player, was Biff.
I read that play, and I was just destroyed by it. It was like finding out something terrible about my family. I felt like my family's privacy had been invaded. I couldn't even talk about it for weeks. Cobband remembers seeing his stage performance: It was so vivid, so intense, watching Lee J. Cobb and his sixteen-inch guns as Willy. God, how I think about what I saw on that stage! God, I would have done anything to have worked with Kazan.
Hoffman and Beatty play two down-and-out singer-songwriters who travel to Morocco for a nightclub gig and get caught up in foreign intrigue. Much of the movie was filmed in Africa. However, Hoffman and Beatty liked the film's final cut and tried to defend it. Quentin Tarantinofor one, has called it one of his favorite movies, partly due to the humorous lyrics of the songs written by Paul Williams. The thing I love about Ishtar, - and I love it with all of its flaws - is that it has a statement to make.
It is far, far better to spend a life being second rate in something that you're passionate about, than to spend a life being first-rate at that which you are not passionate about. I thought that was worth making a movie about. They're middle-aged guys, and at the end of the movie they wind up singing " That's Amore " at a Holiday Inn in Morocco. It's fair to make a movie about that.
Levinson, Hoffman and Cruise worked for two years on the film, and Hoffman's performance gained him his second Academy Award. Behind Hoffman's motivation for doing the film, he has said, "Deep inside, Rain Man is about how autistic we all are. I wanted to get inside where behavior, human behavior, was so exposed. All the things the rest of us were feeling and stopping up were coming out of these people.
His eyes don't make contact with anyone else's, and he flattens his voice to a dry nasal bark.
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Having worked closely with Hoffman for two years on filming, Levinson offered some opinions about his skill as an actor: You can't define Dustin Hoffman, because he's unique. He's one of a kind and he's not one character. There is no Dustin Hoffman. He is many, many people. He can do comedy and he can do drama. He has an enormous range, and yet he's still Dustin somewhere in there. He's intelligent and has a great sense of how to connect with people, because he's very interesting.
On a day-to-day basis, he's like an actor who's making his first movie, with the enthusiasm and energy to want to make things happen and try things and experiment.
The story centers on the estrangement between Vito Hoffmana middle-aged man trying to succeed in a legitimate business, and his "hopelessly corrupt but charming father," Jesse Connery. Critics were mostly not impressed with the story, although the individual performances were praised, especially Connery's.
I didn't know where it would end up, but Sean met Dustin improvisation for improvisation, and a great deal of richness and humor came out of it. Throughout the s, Hoffman appeared in many large, studio films, such as Dick Tracy where his Ishtar co-star Beatty plays the titular characterHero and Billy Bathgate co-starring with Nicole Kidman who was nominated for a Golden Globe. Horton Hears a Who!
In the film, Hoffman is a medical doctor who uncovers a newly discovered Ebola -like virus which came to the U. Hoffman races to stop the virus's spread and find a vaccine before it becomes a worldwide pandemic with no cure. It was one of the films that was produced by his production banner, Punch Productions.
Tanks and men pour in to herd the terrified population here and there, and Dustin Hoffman, as the supersleuth Army doctor, gives such a lip-biting, anguished performance he absolves the movie of slickness. Hoffman isn't good, exactly; he's tense, edgy, and righteous, like a B-movie actor from the fifties.
In the mids, Hoffman starred in—and was deeply involved in the production of— David Mamet 's American Buffalo alsoand an early effort of film editor Kate Sanford. The movie is a black comedy film  produced and directed by Barry Levinsonwho also directed Hoffman in Rain Man in The story takes place a few days before a presidential election, where a Washington, D.
Hoffman, as a caricature of real life producer Robert Evansaccording to some, "gives the kind of wonderfully funny performance that is liable to win prizes, especially since its mixture of affection and murderous parody is so precise. Stanley Hoffman conducts business meetings in tennis clothes or in robe and slippers," notes critic Janet Maslin.
There was this reel of pictures, me playing all these different roles. I had my first—and only, thank God—panic attack.