People: Apr. 28, 2003

Playing Vito Corleone as Tootsie

The movie image of the Mob boss as a menacing, broad-shouldered man's man takes a hit in the new thriller Confidence, in which DUSTIN HOFFMAN portrays a quirky crime king of questionable sexuality. Hoffman's character, the King, hires a con man played by Ed Burns to perform a complex heist. "[The director, writer and I] tried to figure out how I could achieve this sense of a frightening character," Hoffman says, "and the idea of sexual ambiguity intrigued me." Hoffman also took some inspiration from choreographer Bob Fosse, with whom he worked on 1974's Lenny. In...

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