Watch Dustin Hoffman win the Internet today

This is Dustin Hoffman talking about his experience playing a woman in the film Tootsie. In this segment, he talks about getting prepared for the role and why it brought him to tears, due to a revelatory moment surrounding unjustified views of women and physical appearance.

HT: The Mary Sue Twitter feed.


  1. CaitieCat says

    It’s too bad he hasn’t asked a trans woman, or even simply a not-conventionally-attractive cis woman, what it’s like, because we don’t usually get a choice about whether we get called freak while we walk down the street. We’re stuck with what we get. It’d be nice if he’d turned his epiphany into advocating against street harassment.

    That said, I’m glad he had an epiphany. Sadly, since he’s on the list of Polanski apologists, I’ve decided I don’t want to watch any more of his work. I direct my attention and funds to those who don’t reckon drugging and raping a thirteen-year-old is nothing beside the inconvenience of being a major director feted at film festivals who can’t go to the US.

  2. says

    Perfect illustration recently with Marion Bartoli winning Wimbledon but some dipship thinks its more important to talk about how she is not “a looker”… She’s achieved her lifetime dream and pretty much the highest accolade in womens tennis but because she doesn’t give John Inverdale a boner she’ll never be a “success” as a woman. Pathetic and a wake up call, when a role model to girls everywhere is casually demeaned in that way we need feminism.

  3. Jackie, Ms. Paper if ya nasty says

    CaitieCat, I keep forgetting he defended Polanski. So disappointing.
    I do like that he said, “All sexes” at the beginning. I don’t like that he said, “freak” at all. I wonder if that was his thinking at the time or if he still thinks that way. With that role opening his eyes to certain things culture can brainwash people into believing, I’d think the epiphanies wouldn’t stop there.

  4. tiberiusbeauregard says

    c’mon don’t be unfair – the wimbledon “incident” wasn’t nice but it is perfectly understandable, taking into account that womens’ tennis isn’t actually seen as a sport but as a parade of good looking girls in short skirts. it’s sad but it’s true – the only reason why “professional” womens’ tennis exists is an ill minded mixture of political correctness and chauvinism.

  5. efogoto says

    Women’s tennis exists for women athletes to play tennis. That you get your ogle on, tiberiusbeauregard, is neither commendable nor a reason to dismiss the sport, you sexist asshat.

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