Dustin Hoffman Weeps For Women -- Literally

Most of you probably remember "Tootsie" as a 1982 comedy film starring Dustin Hoffman. But what you don't know is that the film helped Hoffman reach some grand epiphanies — so grand, in fact, that he broke down in tears during this interview with AFI. D'awww.

In "Tootsie", Hoffman plays a struggling actor who disguises himself as a woman to audition for a soap opera. He/she gets the part and becomes a television sensation, which makes things just a little bit complicated (and hilarious), especially in the relationship department.

During the AFI interview, Hoffman recalls preparing for his role as Michael Dorsey (aka Dorothy Michaels). After saying that he felt unsatisfied with the appearance of his female alter ego, Hoffman had some striking revelations about what it means to be a woman in today's society.

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"I know that 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 that women have to have in order for us to ask them out," he said. "There are too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed. It was not what it felt like to be a woman. It was what it felt like to be someone that people didn't respect, for the wrong reasons."

Preach, sista.

The interview, which first appeared on YouTube back in 2012, officially went viral after being posted on Upworthy this week. Celebs like George Takei have re-posted the video to millions of fans, prompting thousands of comments about everything from feminism to this year's Wimbledon controversy. (Wait, like actually though?)

Check out Hoffman in all his manly glory in the video above.