Dustin Hoffman's Kung Fu Panda confusion
- Bang Showbiz
- 27 January 2016
Dustin Hoffman didn't know what animal his 'Kung Fu Panda 3' character Master Shifu is
Dustin Hoffman thought he voiced a raccoon rather than a panda in 'Kung Fu Panda 3'.
The Hollywood actor reprises his role as Master Shifu in the upcoming computer animated comedy movie, but the 78-year-old star didn't even realise that his character was a bear like the titular character.
When asked by 'Today' show's Matt Lauer what type of animal his wise alter-ego is, he replied: "I'm not even sure ... what is ... is it a raccoon?"
Fortunately, help was at hand for Hoffman and an aide informed him that Shifu, who he has voiced for three movies, is a red panda.
After getting some assistance, he then unconvincingly confirmed: "I'm a read panda."
While Hoffman made sure he signed up 'Kung Fu Panda 3' - which stars Jack Black as main character Po, as well as Angelina Jolie as tiger Tigress and Jackie Chan as Monkey - there are many movies he has turned down throughout his glittering career.
The star believes he had a "problem with success" after rejecting the chance to appear in several huge motion pictures, including 'Schindler's List' and 1977 sci-fi movie 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'.
He said: "I read it and when I finished it, I said, 'That's the best script I've ever read, and I'm not going to do it.'
"I turned down many more brilliant things and more great directors than any actor I know.
"I think I had a problem with success. I turned Woody Allen down. I turned Schindler's List down. I turned [Federico] Fellini down, I turned [Ingmar] Bergman down."
Despite rejecting huge movie offers, Hoffman has won two Academy Awards during his career for Best Actor in 1979's 'Kramer vs. Kramer' and 1988 flick 'Rain Man'.