Years ago, Dustin Hoffman starred in the film, “Toostie” where he played an unemployed actor and to get work disguises himself as a woman. That was back in 1982. Now when Dustin looks back on the film and more specifically how he looked as a woman in the film, he gets emotional.
It all started when he first saw himself as a woman on screen and thought he should be more beautiful.
It’s the objectification of women. After seeing himself as a woman he had this to say:
“It was at that moment I had an epiphany, and I went home and started crying,” Hoffman explained in the segment. “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.'”
As we get older we get more emotional. I know I do.
The interview was actually held in 2012 but recently released by the American Film Institute, and has gone viral this week.