Meryl Streep has been careful about what she says about Dustin Hoffman, her co-star on her first big movie, Kramer vs. Kramer. Amid growing sexual misconduct allegations against the 80-year-old actor, Meryl Streep has issued carefully worded statements when asked about him and she even offered a clarification on an interview she gave decades ago.
Now, in a new interview with the New York Times, Meryl Streep admits that Dustin Hoffman went off script and slapped her during the first take of their first scene together in Kramer vs. Kramer. Streep revealed that Hoffman "overstepped" when he smacked her during an argument scene set outside of an elevator in the 1979 Academy Award-winning film.
"This is tricky because when you're an actor, you're in a scene, you have to feel free," Meryl told the Times.
"I'm sure that I have inadvertently hurt people in physical scenes. But there's a certain amount of forgiveness in that. But this was my first movie, and it was my first take in my first movie, and he just slapped me. And you see it in the movie."