Dustin Hoffman Chokes Up In Interview About ‘Tootsie’

AFI Fest 2011
Michael Fassbender at the screening of 'Shame.'
If only all men were as sensitive as Dustin Hoffman.

In an interview with the American Film Institute, the 75-year-old actor tearfully talked about his role in the 1982 film Tootsie where Hoffman adopts a new identity as a woman in order to land a job.

To Hoffman, the film was much more than a Mrs. Doutfire type comedy, but more of a lesson of how he now views the opposite sex.

“When we got to that point and looked at it on screen, I was shocked that I wasn’t more attractive,” Hoffman recalls. “I said, ‘Now you have me looking like a woman, now make me a beautiful woman.’ Because I thought I should be beautiful…. And they said to me, ‘That’s as good as it gets.'”

Hoffman then starts tearing up when he reveals:

“It was at that moment I had an epiphany, and I went home and started crying, talking to my wife. And 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 for us to ask them out. There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed. That [“Tootsie”] was never a comedy for me.”

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