Hoffman won an Oscar for his work in "Capote," while Lumet directed "12 Angry Men," "Dog Day Afternoon," "Serpico" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night."
"I was just excited," Hoffman told United Press International in New York recently. "I was excited to experience working on a film with him; he's made so many great movies and (directed) so many great performances in his movies. We all heard how he works and I was excited to see how that was and it was satisfying. It met my expectations in a lot of ways."
In the film, Hoffman plays an ambitious, domineering man who steers his less-successful brother towards committing the biggest mistake of his life.
Hoffman said he thinks people might be surprised to see him in the part, noting, "I haven't played as many kind of Alpha male roles."
"This is a guy who is a straight up-and-down Alpha male hetero … going to the top, will take you down, you know what I mean?" he said. "I don't think people have seen me in this role so much before."