Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, reports said. He was 46.

Hoffman had an incredible career, but it’s sad to imagine what he could’ve accomplished if his life wasn’t cut so short. To me, I’ll always remember Hoffman in his award-winning role as Truman Capote in Capote. It’s one of the best performances in the past decade, and to take on such a complicated character in a well-known event, Hoffman put in his heart and soul into the character. If you ever want to witness a truly phenomenal acting performance, look no further than Hoffman in Capote.

In Magnolia, Hoffman plays a crucial role as a nurse who tracks down Frank Mackey (Tom Cruise) to see his dying father one last time. While Magnolia is known for its superb ensemble cast, Hoffman certainly held his own with other acting heavy-weights. He was the villain in Mission Impossible III, a CIA agent in Charlie Wilson’s War, a political campaign manager in The Ides of March, Father Flynn in Doubt, manager Art Howe in Moneyball, and most recently, Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games.

Hoffman had the ability to dive deeply into a character’s mind and body, and showcase his talents on the screen with what seemed like little effort. He was simply mesmerizing as Lancaster Dodd in The Master. With every speech he gave, he practically convinced me to jump on board with his beliefs. And I can’t forget to mention how Hoffman played one half of the amazing interview scene with Joaquin Phoenix, which is hands down the best scene of The Master. He had such talent and understanding as an actor, it’s a shame he’s not with us anymore.

To say that Hoffman went toe-to-toe with actors such as Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Cruise, Amy Adams, Catherine Keener, Laura Linney, and so many more, it just proves that he was one of the best actors of our generation. It’s sad to face the fact that he’s gone, but his legacy will always remain intact.

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