‘They Couldn’t Make Me A Prettier Woman’

Discovering for the first time what it’s like to be a woman within a patriarchal society can bring a grown man to tears.

Just ask Dustin Hoffman, who cried when he saw what he looked like as his character Tootsie — a struggling actor who disguises himself as a woman to land roles in the 1982 hit comedy of the same name.

‘I was shocked that I wasn’t more attractive and I said [to the make-up artists], “Now you have me looking like a woman, now make me a beautiful woman”,’ Hoffman said in an interview dug up from the AFI archives and republished by Mary Sue’s Jill Pantozzi.

Hoffman plays Tootsie — a struggling actor who disguises himself as a woman to land roles in the 1982 hit comedy of the same name.

‘If I was going to be a woman, I would want to be as beautiful as possible’, ‘And they said to me, “Uh, that’s as beautiful as we can get you”.’

Thirty years later, when he recounts his shock in discovering that Columbia Studio’s make-up artists couldn’t make him look beautiful, the Academy Award winner fought back the tears again.

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