I am so sad. And I had no idea of Phillip’s struggle with drugs.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman was one of my favorite actors of all time.
Although he appeared in Boogie Nights in 1997,
and then of course played a classic character role in the Big Labowski, amazing in both roles… (and a bunch in between)
… I specifically remember his performance in Magnolia, as the kind, shy nurse.
That is when I realized he was without a doubt, an incredibly gifted actor, and one of the best, ever.
In all three of these roles, he played a fairly awkward character, even slightly troubled. And certainly not the classic handsome leading man.
Is that what he had hoped for? Did he want – and get the girl? Was he depressed?
Then he landed the Oscar-winning role as Capote. And of course, was fucking brilliant, again.
Then he seemed to be cast as the typical, wicked smart, cigarette smoking, frustrated brains behind the plot guy, like in Charilie Wilson’s War. Another superb, Oscar worthy performance.
He also played a similar character in The Ides of March, opposite George Clooney…handsome leading man.
He had many more films, but these in particular, stick out to me. Was he not happy with the roles he was getting? Or was he just an addict? Are addicts generally unhappy people? Or do they just get addicted to something, and it just takes them over, even if they are happy?
I don’t know. I’m not an expert. But I have a feeling that he was not a happy guy. And I wonder if he wanted to end his life?
I actually mention him in the end of my book, included on my wish list of who I would like to act in my Movie, based on the book. I’m just a huge fan. And I am very, very, sad. This is tragic news, and a huge loss.
I think one always wonders if they could have done something to save an individual…a famous person, because you think you know them from their films. Was he aware of how many people adored, respected, and craved his acting? Did that matter to him? Heroin is some nasty shit. Which character that he played was most like him?
To me, it is obvious that he was highly intelligent. And maybe a little bit of him was in all of his roles. And all of them had a certain sadness.
This photo, for some reason, captures the personality of how I imagine he was.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends. I mean no disrespect wondering why. He will be missed by many. He will be missed by me. Rest in Peace, Phillip Seymour Hoffman.