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Character in the film “Midnight Cowboy”
clues: 1969 role for Dustin; Hoffman's Rizzo; Dustin's '69 Oscar role; Dustin's role in "Midnight Cowboy"; Enrico Salvatore Rizzo, familiarly
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Rico Ratso Rizzo

I'm walkin' here! ~ Ratso Rizzo (line ad-libbed by Dustin Hoffman (or maybe not))

Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 film based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. It was written by Waldo Salt, directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Dustin Hoffman and then-newcomer Jon Voight in the title role.

Hoffman's name came up for the role of Ratso Rizzo in the film version of James Leo Herlihy's novel Midnight Cowboy after producer Jerome Hellman saw Hoffman in his one-man-show "Eh!".

According to Hoffman, he thought he had proactively kinked the Ratso Rizzo chain by appearing in The Graduate, by now an international smash hit. He found his Strasberg training taking over when, to prove his dedication to the role, he asked the producer to meet him on a street corner in Manhattan. Without the producer's knowledge, Hoffman dressed up as a homeless man and begged for money on the streets. When the producer arrived, he took the man for an everyday beggar and paid no attention. Hoffman walked up to him several minutes later and introduced himself. Shocked, the producer questioned no further whether Hoffman could play Rizzo or not.

In one scene Rizzo and Joe Buck (Jon Voight) are walking a street crossing in New York City when a car almost hits the two of them. "Hey, I'm walkin' here! I'm walkin' here!" Rizzo exclaims, feverishly smacking the hood of the car. The quote has become one of the most famous in film history, recently voted #27 on AFI's Top 100 Movie Quotes Of All Time. The incident with the car was totally unscripted, and Hoffman's famous line was ad-libbed.

Hoffman received his second Academy Award nomination for Midnight Cowboy.

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