Philip Seymour Hoffman: Irreplaceable and Unforgettable

Hoffman in 2011 at the premiere of "The Ides of March" - © Georges Biard

Hoffman in 2011 at the premiere of “The Ides of March” – © Georges Biard

It is indeed so sad to find out about the death of a great thespian like Philip Seymour Hoffman. It does not matter what the cause of death was, we just lost a truly remarkable actor who gave us mind-blowing performances, both on screen and on stage.

As many of you will know, Hoffman became internationally famous when he won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2006, thanks to his work as Truman Capote in the film Capote. But he had appeared in movies such as The Big Lebowski or Boogie Nights, and went on to work in many other afterwards. The last one, who is currently filming, was the final instalment of The Hunger Games, where Hoffman played the character of Plutarch Heavensbee, a name as original as his own.

Many tributes will likely show bits of his most serious screen performances, or his best theatre work, like his Othello‘s Iago or Death of a Salesman, but I choose to end with a different memory.

It is a short scene from a terribly silly movie called Along Came Polly. There is nothing actually memorable about that film, except for the parts with Philip Seymour Hoffman in it. He played a former child actor with an immense need for attention, so when he gets the part of Judas in a minor representation of Jesus Christ Superstar, he decides he is capable enough of taking over both roles at the same time.

Because if someone could do that, it was Hoffman.

Goodbye. Thank you for what you gave us, and for what you would have given us in years to come.

 

Further reading:

– Hoffman, Death of a Master, by Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian)

Hoffman, Stage Scenes (The New York Times)

Hoffman, dead at 46, by Caroline Bankoff (Vulture)

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