Hoffman remembers meeting a teenage Jolie

June 11, 2008 at 11:08 AM
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LOS ANGELES, June 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman said he remembers meeting Angelina Jolie, his "Kung Fu Panda" co-star, when she was an awkward teen in 1991.

Hoffman told Usmagazine.com he had been a friend of Jolie's father, actor Jon Voight, since they worked together on the 1969 movie "Midnight Cowboy."

One day, Voight asked Hoffman if he could bring Angelina and his son James Haven to the set of Hoffman's 1991 film "Hook."

"He called me up and said: 'My kids are dying to meet Captain Hook. Are you in costume? Can I come over with the kids?' (And I said:) 'Yes, sure. Come over,'" Hoffman told him. "So he brings over his kids. I'm introduced to his son and his daughter."

Hoffman described Jolie at 16 as a "tall, thin, gawky-looking girl with a mouth full of braces."

"I was just making conversation. 'So do you guys have any idea what you want to do?'" he said he asked her. "And she gave me a laser-like intensity look, and she says, 'I'm going to be an actress.' And I went home to my wife and I said, 'I don't think this kid has any idea what a tough road she's got.'"

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