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Sunday, August 3, 2014


Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie, brainwashed, beauty standards, body image

Men recognize this pattern, too

Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie.
Picture pulled from The Daily Mail (c) Columbia Pictures
Dustin Hoffman

About a year ago, The Huffington Post ran an article about an interview that acclaimed actor Dustin Hoffman gave to the American Film Institute. This video sat in the archives for awhile and was published on YouTube recently by the AFI (December 2012).

Hoffman talks about his role and movie "Tootsie," where he was transformed into a woman to earn an acting role in a soap opera after being considered difficult to work with as a male.

In the interview he goes on to say how he was brainwashed by the industry into thinking what beautiful women looked like. Hoffman even admits that he thought he made an interesting woman, but if he saw Tootsie at a party, he wouldn't give her the time of day.

Fighting through emotions, Hoffman said, "There are too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life, because I have been brainwashed. That [movie] was never a comedy for me."

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