Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, an unemployed and seemingly unemployable actor, in this comedy directed by Sydney Pollack. Michael sets out to prove his agent wrong and transforms himself into actress Dorothy Michaels, promptly getting cast in a lead role in a soap opera. Dorothy becomes a sensation and turns Michael’s world upside down. Co-starring Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman and Charles Durning. On being forced to face his notions of female beauty:
There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed. That was never a comedy for me.