In the clip below from the American Film Institute’s archives, Dustin Hoffman reflects on why and how he pursued the 1982 film, “Tootsie.” The video starts with Hoffman emphatically asking the question he found central to the film, and ends with a poignant moment of realization. The content is best absorbed in the context of Hoffman’s heartfelt reflection, but two quotes stand out:
1) “If you were born a woman, how would you be different?”
2) “There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.”
The actor’s elegant explanation of his attraction to the film and the meaning it holds to this day are sweet, touching, and absolutely vital. Take a look at the video below for a warm-hearted respite from your average Wednesday.