Video • Dustin Hoffman on Tootsie

The engine of a compelling character is not the performance of the actor, his look, his craft, his personality, the outward signifiers he dials up or down in order to become this someone else. Those things must exist but they must be connected to an engine. And that engine must have fuel. 

In this AFI interview, Dustin Hoffman tells us what the engine of Tootsie was (the question posed) and what served as his fuel (his personal experience in really, truly taking in and exploring that question). 

"It was never a comedy for me."

- Dustin Hoffman