You will be redirected back to your article in seconds
Dustin Hoffman Actors on Actors

James Franco: Jonah Hill Dating Dustin Hoffman's Daughter Inspired 'Why Him?'

James Franco revealed to Dustin Hoffman during their “Actors on Actors” chat that the two actually have an unlikely connection: it was Jonah Hill’s relationship with Hoffman’s daughter that inspired Franco’s comedy with Bryan Cranston, “Why Him?”

“Jonah was talking to Ben Stiller on the set one time, and he’s like, ‘Oh man, I’m going to go on vacation with Dustin Hoffman. Like, I don’t know him.’ And it was really early in his relationship,” said Franco, with Hoffman interjecting, “That’s true.” “And he was really, like, nervous about it and he’d make a bad impression or something like that. And the producer, Shawn Levy, overheard it. He’s like, ‘That’s a great story.'”

The seventh season of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” presented by Google Home, will air from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE.

More Actors on Actors

  • Diane Kruger Hong Chau

    Actors on Actors: Hong Chau and Diane Kruger (Full Video)

    James Franco revealed to Dustin Hoffman during their “Actors on Actors” chat that the two actually have an unlikely connection: it was Jonah Hill’s relationship with Hoffman’s daughter that inspired Franco’s comedy with Bryan Cranston, “Why Him?” “Jonah was talking to Ben Stiller on the set one time, and he’s like, ‘Oh man, I’m going […]

  • Diane Kruger Hong Chau Actors on

    Diane Kruger's Worst Audition Story: 'I Just Got My Stuff and Left'

    James Franco revealed to Dustin Hoffman during their “Actors on Actors” chat that the two actually have an unlikely connection: it was Jonah Hill’s relationship with Hoffman’s daughter that inspired Franco’s comedy with Bryan Cranston, “Why Him?” “Jonah was talking to Ben Stiller on the set one time, and he’s like, ‘Oh man, I’m going […]

  • Allison Janney Sam Rockwell Actors on

    Allison Janney Talks Using a Technical Method to Laugh on Cue

    James Franco revealed to Dustin Hoffman during their “Actors on Actors” chat that the two actually have an unlikely connection: it was Jonah Hill’s relationship with Hoffman’s daughter that inspired Franco’s comedy with Bryan Cranston, “Why Him?” “Jonah was talking to Ben Stiller on the set one time, and he’s like, ‘Oh man, I’m going […]

Most Popular

  • The Women of 'Black Panther:' 'They

    The Women of ‘Black Panther:’ ‘They Are Kings Because of the Queens’

    The women of “Black Panther” shared with Variety how Ryan Coogler’s film showcases female power. Angela Bassett, who plays Wakanda’s queen and T’Challa’s mother, said the women in the film represent how women are celebrated in African nations. “That queen is [T’Challa’s] mother, his sister, the all-female guard.” says Bassett, “Behind-the scenes it’s Ryan Coogler […]

  • Angela Bassett'Black Panther' film premiere, Arrivals,

    ‘Black Panther’ World Premiere: Cast Talks Importance of the Film

    Even before “Black Panther” hit wide release, its cast knew the film was a game-changer. They explained why at its world premiere in Hollywood, along with other denizens of the MCU, who expressed their joy at seeing the Black Panther on the big screen. Daniel Kaluuya, who plays W’Kabi in the film, called the project […]

  • Black Panther Cover

    ‘Black Panther’: Coogler, Boseman on ‘Suffocating’ Superhero Suit

    “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler and star Chadwick Boseman graced Variety‘s cover this week to talk about their new superhero movie, which is breaking new ground in the genre. In this behind-the-scenes video, Coogler and Boseman talk about why now is the time for “Black Panther,” Boseman’s “suffocating” first experience in that tight superhero suit, and […]

Access exclusive content