Hoffman Takes On Co-starring Role

By Linda Harmon

Gus Hoffman, a 17-year-old Nordhoff High School junior, has done something most students and many actors can only dream of, he’s co-starred in an original movie that will be broadcast into hundreds of thousands of living rooms across the nation. The TNT original film in which Hoffman appears, “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” debuts Saturday at 8 p.m. The film tells the story of Carson’s journey from a frustrated inner-city kid to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.Hoffman spent three weeks last September on location in inner-city Detroit, only a few doors down from where the Oscar-nominated Clint Eastwood movie “Gran Torino” was finishing up.  “I didn’t get to meet him, that would have been awesome,” said the young actor of Eastwood. Instead he not only met, but also co-stars with Cuba Gooding Jr.  Both Hoffman and Gooding play Carson. Hoffman plays him as a teenager, growing up in an impoverished section of Detroit.

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