Dustin Hoffman found Kramer vs Kramer ‘liberating’

Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for his role in Kramer vs Kramer. Picture: AP
Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for his role in Kramer vs Kramer. Picture: AP
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HOLLYWOOD legend Dustin Hoffman said he found it “liberating” filming the Oscar-winning divorce drama Kramer vs Kramer while his own marriage was crumbling.

The actor, who won his first Oscar for the 1979 film, said he based much of his role on his failing relationship with his first wife, Anne Byrne, and also had a hand in rewriting the script to reflect his own experiences. He told GQ: “I expected it to be a painful experience and I realised it was the opposite. It was liberating. If you’re a writer, you get up in the morning and you write what’s coming out of you. But an actor is working off someone else’s creation. With this, I felt like the author of it.”

The 75-year-old Hoffman recently made his directorial debut with a comedy entitled Quartet.