The Graduate - Benjamin Braddock
Inspiration board for the Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. 2018 production of The Graduate.
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Handsome Dan IV (1938-40). He was a champion (brindle type), and his undershot jowls, bow legs, tremendous shoulders and ferocious expression belied his gentleness. He was struck by a car and was found with his spine fractured, feebly dragging his frame along on his two front legs. After a year of fighting paralysis in his hind legs, he went to the canine happy hunting grounds in 1940. During his incapacitation, a bulldog named Bull was at Yale practices and took over to become Handsome Dan V.
Nominated for seven Academy Awards and winner for Best Director, this groundbreaking and "wildly hilarious" (The Boston Globe) social satire launched the career of two-time Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman and cemented the reputation of acclaimed director Mike Nichols. Pulsating with the rebellious spirit of the '60s and a haunting score sung by Simon and Garfunkel, The Graduate is truly a "landmark film" (Leonard Maltin). Shy Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) returns home...
When asked to audition for the part of Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman says, he told director Mike Nichols, “I’m not right for this part, sir. This is a Gentile. This is a Wasp. This is Robert Redford.… And Mike said, ‘Maybe he’s Jewish inside. Why don’t you come out and audition for us?’ ”
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