TORONTO — Dustin Hoffman could be saying anything right now. He could be talking about his acting career, an astonishing body of stage and screen work that spans more than half a century; or “Quartet,” which marks his film directing debut; or his suit — the suit is sharp. The point is, it wouldn’t matter. If you’re a woman of a certain age, sharing a hotel sofa with the star of “The Graduate,” all you hear is “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.” You’re only human.
Hoffman may be 75 now, silver-haired and miles past vaulting into an Alfa Romeo convertible, but he still looks enough like Benjamin Braddock, the tortured lover-stalker who won a generation of hearts when he pleaded “Elaine!,” for you to be transported straight back to 1967 every time he speaks. He’s perpetually captured in the A-frame of Anne Bancroft’s stockinged leg, though that hasn’t stopped him from immortalizing a host of other memorable characters: Ratso Rizzo in “Midnight Cowboy,” Carl Bernstein in “All the President’s Men,” Dorothy Michaels in “Tootsie,” even Chuck Clarke in “Ishtar.” He has seven Oscar nominations under his belt, with two wins (best actor, “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Rain Man”).