Dustin Hoffman can formally count me as a fan. Unlike this peers, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, he has exhibited extesive range as an actor. He appears to have maintained a strong marriage to his wife of 28 years (if he is playing away, he's doing a good job of keeping it quite, which is commendable in itself) and doesn't wheel the family out at every opportunity. He also subjected Tom Cruise to one of his farts while filming in close confines. One of his most appealing attributes, however, is that he fleetingly felt what it's like to be a woman:
"When I made Tootsie I would be on the set and it became a thing where the crew could bring a friend to work with them, introduce the friend to me and the friend would think that I was really this woman, 'Dorothy Michaels'. The friends didn't know what the movie was about, so it became an every day thing, where these guys would be introduced to me - as 'Dorothy' - look me up and down with their eyes like Venetian blinds closing because they thought they were meeting (co-star) Jessica Lange or something. I went home and told my wife, 'It's so shocking to me how vulgar and crude and insensitive men are with women. They look you up and down and you are gone'... I've been rejected by many women growing up, because I was not very attractive and I was short - but not quite that brutally. I suddenly realised that I grew up under the same brainwashed conditions. I thought I was an interesting woman as 'Dorothy' and yet, if I would've met myself at a party, I wouldn't have tried to pick myself up! At that point I realised I had missed out on a lot of interesting women."