Dustin Hoffman Thought He'd Be Prettier -- As a Woman

Tootsie is a fun comedy that is a joy to watch just for the laughs. But underneath the surface humor, there are several important threads running through the film. It poses questions about what it is to be a woman in a male-centric world. It also poignantly and quietly asks what it is like to not be pretty in a world where looks matter. It questions whether a man can really understand what it's like to be a woman. On Tuesday of this week, we're presenting this modern classic and hosting a discussion afterward to talk about the impact of the film and whether or not the world has changed much since this groundbreaking movie was released.

Tootsie (1982)
Tuesday, June 10, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

Directed by Sidney Pollack. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Terri Garr.
“Michael (Dustin Hoffman) has a bad reputation for taking stands, throwing tantrums, and interpreting roles differently than the director. How to get work? He goes with a friend (Teri Garr) to an audition for a soap opera. The character is a middle-age woman hospital administrator. When his friend doesn't get the job, Michael goes home, thinks, decides to dare, dresses up in drag and goes to the audition himself. And, improvising brilliantly, he gets the role. That leads to the central question of Tootsie: Can a 40-ish New York actor find health, happiness and romance as a 40-ish New York actress?” – Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com. 116 minutes. Rated R.

Here is a touching interview with Dustin Hoffman in which he reveals that he wanted to be prettier as his character, Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie:


Written by Chris on June 9, 2014

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