Sunday, April 21, 2024

Dustin Hoffman Will Meet the “Little Fockers” After All


Dustin Hoffman is indeed adding scenes to Paul Weitz‘s “Little Fockers” release for Christmas.

I’e confirmed it with sources from the film. But I also told you about some months ago. “Little Fockers” was designed so Hoffman could film scenes as needed. He is indeed reprising his role as Bernie Focker.

Apparently, Hoffman–who is next up in his first TV series ever, “Luck,” from HBO–didn’t think he was getting enough to do or enough money to reprise his role as Ben Stiller’s dad from “Meet the Fockers.”

So the movie was shot without him. “Little Fockers”–which picks up sort of in real time, when Ben Stiller and Teri Polo have toddlers–is the third and last “Fockers” film following “Meet the Parents” from 1999.

In the second film, Hoffman and Barbra Streisand were hilarious as Ben’s hippie parents.

To sort of make up for a lack of Hoffman, Harvey Keitel was added to the new movie as Robert DeNiro‘s friend.

Glad it worked out. Dustin Hoffman is always a must-see in every film. The “Fockers” will be much better for his addition.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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