Cross-dressing may have some advantages. It turns out that Dustin Hoffman's role in Tootsie forever changed his views on women. For the first time, Hoffman has come out saying that before the famous role he perceived women as sex objects, only seeking out women who were attractive. He was "brainwashed" by society, he said.
Though the comments were first made in an American Film Institute interview in 2012, but the video of the remarks is now going viral months later.
In the film, Dustin Hoffman played an actor who pretended to be a woman in order to land a job on a soap opera. However, the star said in the interview that he would not do the film unless he could pass as a woman on the streets of New York once he put on the makeup. When he saw himself as the character for the first time, he realized he was not satisfied with his appearance.
“I was shocked that I wasn’t more attractive," Hoffman said. "I said, 'Now you have me looking like a woman, now make me a beautiful woman.' Because I thought I should be beautiful. If I was going to be a woman, I would want to be as beautiful as possible.”
Once Dustin Hoffman realized that the makeup artists could not make him look any more attractive, Hoffman understood that he needed to change his views on women. “It was at that moment I had an epiphany, and I went home and started crying,” he said. “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.’”
Dustin Hoffman then started tearing up as he recalled this “epiphany.” Check out the video below of Dustin Hoffman discussing his Tootsie epiphany!
Many fans have been singing Dustin Hoffman’s praises today as the video has made the rounds on social media. “I found this an amazing revalation [sic] from a man....and unfortunately too true in our culture,” wrote Joanne Sterling on YouTube. “But my man friends tell me the same thing exists for them, if they are not rich, or ‘built’ or happen to be just a little odd.......Still, I think women carry a bit more burden...no matter what, if she's not pretty, she's often unseen.....”
“Thank you, Dustin, for finally getting it,” added savvycat101. “So many men are brought up to see only beautiful women. I'm glad he sees them all, now. Our culture must end the superficial value of "ideal" physical beauty and embrace the beauty within the person.”
Nonetheless, some feel that Dustin Hoffman should have applied his epiphany to both sexes.
“I'm not sure if more has been said by him, but I get his point in questioning the sentence he quoted.,” wrote arios1570. “Unattractive guys are also treated poorly. I'd argue worse, in some cases. Try going on a walk in a park, alone, being an unattractive guy. Note the number of suspicious looks you get from parents and women. A long beard helps to simulate this.”