Dustin Hoffman's Tearful 'Tootsie' Comments an Internet Hit

Star who played a cross-dressing actor in hit film speaks of pressure on women to look beautiful.
2:11 | 07/11/13

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Dustin hoffman, an interview that's gone wildly viral. He tears up when talking about his iconic character in "tootsie." And what he leaed about the pressure on women to look beautiful. Our weekend anchor dan harris, has the story. Reporter: In "tootsie" dustin hoffman plays a down on his luck actress. What? Don't play hard to get. Reporter: The movie came out in 1982 and was a huge hit. I'd like to make her look a little more attractive. How far can you pull back? How do you feel about cleveland? Reporter: Despite the jokes in the film about his character being a noty than a hoty, hoffman in a viral and bracing interview, refeels he was initially shocked when they did screen tests to see how he looked in drag. I was going to be a woman, i would want to be as beautiful as possible. And they said to me, that's as good as it gets. Reporter: In that moment, he says, he had an epiphany. I went home and started crying, talking to my wife. And I said, I have to make this picture. And she said, why? And I said, I look at myself on the screen and I know 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 we have to -- women have to have in order for us to ask them out. She said, what are you saying? And I said, there's too many interesting women I have -- i have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed. And -- that was never a comedy for me. Reporter: And after this extraordinary interview, it may not be a comedy for the rest of us, either. For "good morning america," dan harris, abc news, new york. Wow. You think back, you can see that emotion in the character. And another reason why we love dustin hoffman. Uh-huh. That's remarkable. I'm glad we got to see that.

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