Dustin Hoffman Tearfully Admits he was “Brainwashed”

Have you seen the Dustin Hoffman interview yet?

You know, the one where he tears up about being an unattractive woman?

The Academy Award-winner gets emotional recalling how it felt when discovering that hair and makeup could only do so much when it came to turning him into an aesthetically-pleasing woman for the 1982 comedy Tootsie.

“I somehow intuitively felt that, unless I could walk down the streets of New York and not have people turn and say, ‘Who’s that guy in drag?’ or turn for any reason—Who’s that freak?’—unless I could do that I couldn’t make the film,” the actor, 75, explained.

“I didn’t want the audience to suspend their believability…When we got to that point and looked onscreen, I was shocked that I wasn’t more attractive!” he added.

“I said, ‘Now you have me looking like a woman. Now make me a beautiful woman’ Because I thought I should be beautiful,” Dustin continued. “If I was going to be a woman, I would want to be as beautiful as possible.”

And that’s when he had an epiphany.

“And they said to me, ‘That’s as good as it gets. That’s as beautiful as we can get ya, Charlie,” he said, getting misty-eyed.

“It was at that moment that I had an epiphany, and I went home and started crying, talking to my wife,” he shared. “And I said, ‘I have to make this picture.’ And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘Because I think I’m an interesting woman when I look at myself onscreen. And I know 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.”

“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,'” he concluded.


Three cheers for Mr. Hoffman’s frank and open discussion!

I love how he shares his thought process, and admits that he missed out on potentially meeting some great women simply because they didn’t meet his standard of beauty.

But is sounds like the experience of making Tootsie (which was one of my favorites in the ’80s) was life changing.

To watch the full interview, click below:

What do you think of Dustin’s interview? 

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