Dressing up as a woman had a profound effect on Hoffman.
We don’t pretend to understand Dustin Hoffman here at Contact Music – he’s an enigma wrapped up in a big mystery ball. We enjoy his work – sure – but we sure as well don’t get what comes out of his big actor mouth.
Hoffman looks grumpy with his wife
His latest viral content – a video in which he divulges the emotional turmoil he went through when dressing up as a woman for a Sydney Pollack film – has got us even more stumped than usual. "I went home and started crying talking to my wife. I said I have to make this picture, and she asked why?” explained Hoffman, after telling us that he wanted his female demeanour to be more beautiful but they couldn’t achieve it.
"I think I'm an interesting woman when I look at myself on screen but if I met myself at a party I would never talk to that character because she does not fulfill physically the demands that we are brought up to think women have to have in order for us to ask them out,” he added. "And she says 'What are you saying?' And I said there are too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainswashed. That was never a comedy for me."
Dustin Hoffman opened up bigtime in the above interview
So, Dustin: are you telling us that you’re upset that society demands a certain aesthetic from a woman? That a mixture of a matriarchal and media-obsessed culture has put too much pressure on woman to look ‘beautiful’? Or are you simply upset that you don’t find yourself attractive when you wear a dress? We’re pretty sure it’s the first one, but…