By all accounts, Sydney Pollack's Tootsie — starring Dustin Hoffman as an unemployed actor who dresses like a woman to get a gig — is a comedy. Hoffman doesn't think so. The film is indeed a great combination of intelligent humor, social commentary and emotional drama, but the story represents something even greater to the actor.
While developing the film, Hoffman requested that the studio allow him to undergo makeup tests. He wanted to play a convincing woman and felt he should look the part entirely. Upon seeing himself in the test reel, he was "shocked" that he wasn't more attractive. "Now make me a beautiful woman," he insisted. The artists told him that was as good as it was going to get, which forced a light bulb to go off inside his head regarding superficial and sexist attitudes toward women. Here's a clip with Hoffman explaining the full story. Did we mention he sobs? Respect.
[Spotted via The Mary Sue]