Dustin Hoffman has a new life-long fan, we're guessing. Sam Dempster, a 27-year-old Londoner, is giving the "Tootsie" and "Rain Man" star credit for helping to save his life a couple of weeks ago. Dempster reports that he was jogging in Hyde Park in London when he collapsed from cardiac arrest. The jogger says that he was assisted by none other than Hoffman himself, who stayed with him throughout the entire ordeal.
According to Martin Macarthur, a paramedic that was part of the emergency medical response team that arrived, Dustin was "the main witness and saw him stagger and go down." Macarthur said that Dustin told his team that he saw the jogger collapse and start foaming at the mouth. They also said Dustin "stayed on the scene for the whole duration of the resuscitation which was about 15 minutes. He was very concerned." So maybe Dustin didn't perform the CPR himself, but it sounds like both Dempster and the medics were grateful to have him there as an eye witness and for support.
So when he's not lending a helping hand to London area paramedics, what else is the 74-year-old Hoffman up to these days?
His "Luck" Ran Out - Hoffman was starring in and producing a highly anticipated HBO original series about the world of competitive horse racing. The show was well-received by both viewers and critics, but after multiple injuries to the horses that resulted in two horses having to be put down. This proved to be too much backlash for the producers and HBO, and the show was canceled.
He's Making His Directorial Debut! - It's hard to believe, but even though he's been in showbiz for about five decades, he's just now getting behind the lens. "Quartet," a comedy starring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon and Billy Connoly will mark the first time he sits in the director's chair. The film is about a group of retired opera singers living in a retirement home together. It's due for release later this year.
Two New Movies for 2013 - "Quartet" seems to have booked much of his time for this year, as there are currently no projects slated for release this year that will feature Dustin in front of the camera. Next year, however, he's due to star in "The Song of Names" with Anthony Hopkins and "Very Good Girls" with Elizabeth Olsen, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard.
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