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Hoffman cried during filming of Quartet

Dec 20, 2011 | 6:15am EST

The Rain Man star recruited Brits including Harry Potter actor Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Scottish comedian Billy Connolly and Tom Courtenay for the film, based on Ronald Harwood's play about four ageing opera stars who are living in a retirement home.

Hoffman originally wanted the four lead actors to mime the quartet from Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto, but after hearing them sing the track themselves, he broke down in tears.

Connolly, who started out in showbiz as a folk singer, tells Britain's Daily Record, "It was the best we'd ever done it and Dustin started to cry."

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