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Retrospective: RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

Retrospective: RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

July 23 1967 – February 2 2014


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Sad news as the enormously talented actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman dies aged 46

New Yorker Philip Seymour Hoffman began his public acting career with a role on the American sitcom Law & Order back in 1991. His film debut started with Scent of a Woman the following year and he went on to star in many phenomenal films including that which won him the Academy Award for 'Best Actor' – the 2005 Capote biopic. Hoffman also won 3 Tony Awards during his career for his work in the theatre. He made his directorial debut in 2010 with Jack Goes Boating.

One of Hoffman's last films, an espionage drama A Most Wanted Man is scheduled for release this year. Hoffman attended the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last month for the premiere of the film, telling Reuters that he connected to his own character Gunther's personality, a man driven by the shame of previous failure into an obsessive pursuit of capturing terrorists by any means necessary: "I think it'd be hard for anyone not to connect with the loneliness. He's pretty lonely, driven, obsessive guy, unforgiving of himself in a lot of ways. A lot of traits that a lot of people carry in one grade or another," the actor said. 

In a front page obituary this morning The New York Times called him "perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation."

Join Buro 24/7 as we explore some of Hoffman's finest work on the big screen...

 

The Big Lebowski (1998)

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: retrospective of his best work

"I remember having a good time, I think I went in twice. I remember the Coen brothers laughing a lot. I was just kind of enjoying the writing, I remember that. I had a good time with what they wrote and the character. I was worried what I was doing was too much, but I left really feeling good about it." 
Philip Seymour Hoffman on auditioning for The Big Lebowski in an interview with Rolling Stone

"I'm so shocked, and so sad hearing of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. I enjoyed playing with him on the Big Lebowski. He was such a wonderful guy, and so damn talented, a real treasure. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Jeff Bridges after learning of Hoffman's death

 

Magnolia (1999)

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: retrospective of his best work

 

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: retrospective of his best work

"I didn't go out looking for negative characters; I went out looking for people who have a struggle and a fight to tackle. That's what interests me."
Philip Seymour Hoffman

 

Almost Famous (2000)

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: retrospective of his best work

"The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we're uncool."
Hoffman's character in Almost Famous, Lester Bangs

 

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: retrospective of his best work

 

Capote (2005)

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: retrospective of his best work

Hoffman won his first and last Oscar for his portrayal of Truman Capote in Capote. That evening, he delivered a beautiful acceptance speech, thanking his mother, Marylin Hoffman O'Connor, a civil rights lawyer and activist saying: "She brought up four kids alone, and she deserves a congratulations for that," and "She took me to my first play." 

 

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: retrospective of his best work

"He was too great and we're too shattered."
Charlie Wilson's War director Mike Nichols on Hoffman's death

 

Doubt (2008)

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: retrospective of his best work

"His physical form actually works to his advantage. Philip is not particularly any one way, which means he can be anybody at all. One of the most important keys to acting is curiosity. I am curious to the point of being nosy, and I think Philip is the same. What that means is you want to devour lives. You're eager to put on their shoes and wear their clothes and have them become a part of you. All people contain mystery, and when you act, you want to plumb that mystery until everything is known to you."
Meryl Streep on working with Hoffman for Doubt, 2008

 

The Master (2012)

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: retrospective of his best work

"When you're playing someone who really lived, you carry a burden, a burden to be accurate. But it's one that you have to let go of ultimately."
Philip Seymour Hoffman

 

The Ides of March (2011)

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: retrospective of his best work

 

Jack Goes Boating (2010) Directorial Debut

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman: retrospective of his best work

"Directing is a really kind of amazing thing, because you're helping others and, in the middle of that, you have to worry about yourself."
Philip Seymour Hoffman

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