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VIDEO: Dustin Hoffman Cries Talking About “Brainwashed” Beauty Standards

Submitted by on July 11, 2013 – 9:41 amNo Comment

A video of esteemed actor Dustin Hoffman fighting back tears while talking about the unfair standards of appearance that women face has gone viral this week. Originally from an American Film Institute interview from last year, the video was posted on blogs like The Mary Sue and Upworthy recently.

In it, Hoffman talks about making the film Tootsie, where he played a struggling New York actor who dresses up as a woman to get a gig.

Hoffman describes seeing himself in female clothing, hair, and makeup for the first time, and being surprised that he wasn’t more “attractive.” He says he then went home and began to cry, telling his wife he knew that if he met his female self “at a party,” he wouldn’t talk to her ”because she doesn’t fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think that 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.’

Tootsie became a classic; AFI eventually named it the no. 2 comedy film of all time.

In it, Hoffman’s appearance as a woman is the butt of several jokes. In one scene, a producer says she wants to make Hoffman’s female character look more attractive on camera, and asks the cameraman how far he can pull back. He replies, “How do you feel about Cleveland?

But in the end, Hoffman’s character learns from the misogyny he suffers throughout. He faces down condescending leading men, and encourages the women around him. And *****SPOILER****** in the climactic ending, when he reveals on live TV that he is a man, he refers to his feminine side as “the best part of my manhood, the best part of myself.”

What do you think of Hoffman’s observations?

[via CBS News]

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