Dustin Hoffman likens watching 'career highlights' to 'attending own funeral'
Dustin Hoffman had mixed feelings after watching his own career highlights at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors event, because it felt like "a eulogy".
The 'Rain Man' star, who was honored for his contributions to American culture, was paid tribute for his work by fellow honourees Led Zeppelin and comedian David Letterman, and pals Meryl Streep and Glenn Close at the Washington, D.C. prizegiving.
Hoffman admitted that he was proud to have his closest relatives with him at the bash and was excited to introduce them to U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
"It's extraordinary. I was able to bring my whole family, including my grandchildren. They met the President, they met the First Lady; I mean, that was the most thrilling aspect of it (the event)," Contactmusic quoted Hoffman as telling U.S. breakfast show Today.
The 75-year-old actor also asserted that he found it a little weird watching his highlight reel because he isn't ready to retire.
"(It was) quite depressing. It feels like a eulogy. It's the next best thing to being alive at your own funeral because everyone is saying only nice things about you and your life is there (on screen), and there's a sense of it being boom (final), (but) that's just the first act," he added.