Tuesday, July 9, 2013

We Were All Laughing, But Actor Dustin Hoffman Wasn't

In "Tootsie," actor Dustin Hoffman portrayed a man masquerading as a woman in hopes of landing a better job. In this interview distributed by the American Film Institute, he says he wanted to play a beautiful woman in "Tootsie" -- but the makeup artists told him, it ain't gonna happen.  You're just not beautiful.  Hoffman was crushed.  In the AFI interview, he describes, emotionally, what he learned about his own attitudes toward women -- and how much he regrets using traditional male standards of beauty in judging a woman's value. (Hoffman was nominated for an Academy Award for "Tootsie," released in 1982.  Now I want to see it again!)

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