• Dustin Hoffman planned prank to liven up ‘boring’ Oscars

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    Veteran actor Dustin Hoffman became so bored of attending the annual Academy Awards, he once planned to liven up the event by writing a rude word on his chest and flashing it to the TV cameras.

    The actor has won two Oscars, for his performances in “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Rain Man,” and has notched up a slew of other nominations, but he says the prize-giving is not as glamorous as it looks.

    Hoffman reveals he once planned to liven up the show by scrawling an expletive on his body, but his wife wouldn’t let him go through with the prank.

    He tells Maxim magazine, “It’s boring! It lasts forever, and don’t think you’re seeing spontaneous behavior. You see couples who are suddenly smooching, and, well, there’s a guy sitting on the ground with the camera at their knees.

    “There was one particular time I knew I wasn’t going to win, and when they’d train the camera on me as one of the losers, I wanted to be able to rip open my tuxedo shirt and just have stencilled on my chest, ‘oh, s**t.’ But my wife wouldn’t let me do it.”

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