Hoffman discusses the film The Master taking three years to develop:
That’s the best way to do a film. That’s the way you rehearse — you develop it, you work with the writer and director and talk and bullshit, and then you eventually shoot and you’re on the same page. Film’s hard when you don’t have any relationship with the director at all and you just show up. Then you really are just a gun for hire. But that doesn’t happen so often with me.