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Monday 2 March 2015

Hoffman had 'epiphany' over Tootsie

Dustin Hoffman said making Tootsie was a revelation for him
Dustin Hoffman said making Tootsie was a revelation for him

Dustin Hoffman has revealed he had an "epiphany" about the way women are judged when he was shooting Tootsie.

The Oscar-winning actor played a man who dressed up as a woman to land a soap role in the 1982 comedy-drama, and has confessed it had a huge impact on him.

Speaking in an emotional American Film Institute video interview that has now gone viral, Dustin said that after getting his make-up done and shooting some scenes he was "shocked that I wasn't more attractive" and asked the team to make him look more beautiful.

He said: "And they said to me, 'That's as good as it gets'. That's as beautiful as we can get you. And it was at that moment that I had an epiphany and I went home and started crying."

Choking back tears as he recalled his reaction, Dustin went on: "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 fulfil physically the demands that we're brought up to think women have to have in order to ask them out'."

The 75-year-old star said he told his wife: "There's too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed."

Pausing as he struggled to hold back tears, Dustin said: "That was never a comedy for me."

Dustin was nominated for an Academy Award for Tootsie, which also starred Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Geena Davis and Bill Murray.

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