According to multiple sources, actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead inside his New York City apartment earlier today, due to an alleged overdose. He was 46.
Philip Seymour Hoffman really was a master. He was master of his craft; a master performer and a master at disappearing into the souls of these complex characters, many of whom were people struggling with demons, just like him. He was one of the most familiar faces on the screen, and a man who could really do anything. Be anything. We’ve seen him play everything from a nefarious villain battling Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible III) to a lonely gay man searching for connection in an explosive heterosexual environment (Boogie Nights).
Hoffman was just one of the reliable ones. A guy who always gave you a performance to remember; a character to be fascinated with. Just his work with Paul Thomas Anderson alone (Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, The Master) revealed an actor who could take on anything at anytime and deliver lines you won’t forget.
Hoffman was also a filmmaker; one who liked quiet, intimate stories driven by the kind of characters he’d been drawn to his entire career. He directed the 2010 movie Jack Goes Boating, and was about to start work on his second movie, Ezekiel Moss, which was just announced last week. Some of Hoffman’s last work was on the final two Hunger Games movies, which are still filming. It’s not yet known how his death with affect the production. He looked weathered in God’s Pocket, which premiered at Sundance a couple of weeks ago. He looked tired and weary playing a guy struggling to keep it all together, sadly mirroring his own life.
Quite simply, this is a guy you really miss. He is and will always be one of the greats. May he rest in peace.
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