Just like that, Dustin Hoffman became every woman’s favorite man alive.
In a very candid interview with the American Film Institute, Hoffman opened up about his role in the 1982 film “Tootsie.”
In the film, Hoffman disguises himself as a woman. After his first make up test, Hoffman thought he needed his woman character should be more beautiful, but the make up artist told him that’s as good as it will get. That’s when the famous actor had a major revelation about how women are portrayed in our society.
Below is an excerpt from the clip, but the whole video is worth watching.
“It was at that moment I had an epiphany, and I went home and started crying. Talking to my wife, I said I have to make this picture, and she said, “Why?” And I said, “Because I think I am an interesting woman when I look at myself on screen. And I know that if I met myself at a party, I would never talk to that character because she doesn’t fulfill physically the demands that we’re brought up to think women have to have in order to ask them out.” She says, “What are you saying?” And I said, “There’s too many interesting women I have…not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.”
Way to go, Dustin!