Dustin Hoffman was so overwhelmed by Sheridan Smith's performance in West End production Flare Path that he demanded to have her star in his directorial debut.
Acting veteran Dustin was so bowled over by Oliver-award-winning actress Sheridan that her performance reduced him to tears.
He said: "My wife and I saw her in this play and I just broke down after seeing it, she took me by surprise.
"I couldn't stop crying and we went backstage and we met her and that was before I knew I was going to do [Quartet]."
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