Trivia: Tootsie

  • Reality Subtext: Michael Dorsey is Dustin Hoffman. All the insane ways Dorsey gets fired or quits from a production? They really happened.
  • Throw It In: Most of Bill Murray's dialogue was improvised.
  • Troubled Production: The film was often referred to this way while it was being made. There were script problems aplenty, even during shooting, until Elaine May fixed them (and came up with Bill Murray's part). Hoffman and director Sydney Pollack feuded so intensely over small things that Hoffman ended up suggesting that Pollack play his agent so they could get that into the film (and, perhaps, give Pollack a chance to vent). It became one of the rare instances where the drama behind the drama resulted in a better film.