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Film directors are rarely as recognisable as the stars they make their movies with. Yet later on in his career, Oscar winner Sydney Pollack was often to be seen in front of the camera as much as he was behind it.
He not only directed films including The Way We Were, Out of Africa and Tootsie, but made a memorable appearance in the latter as the embattled agent of an out-of-work actor – played by Dustin Hoffman – who is frustrated by his client’s focus on the bit parts he’s offered.
A humorous exchange between the two characters over the motivation of a tomato that Dustin’s character was playing, is said to have reflected real life tensions between the pair on set.
Pollack, had in fact, started out as an actor and his small role in Tootsie led to a number of later film roles for the director in the likes of The Player, The Client, Eyes Wide Shut, and TV’s Frasier and Will and Grace.