Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman
Written by Steven Panzerella(@ProCreateSteve)
Since 2005 very few actors have done better, more consistent work than Philip Seymour Hoffman. An actor whose first major role for me was 1992's Scent of a Woman. After that he added a number of great roles to his resume in Boogie Nights, Twister, The Big Lebowski, Red Dragon, Along Came Polly and many others. His best work began in 2005's oscar winning role of Truman Capote, a role that not only yielded him an oscar but made him one of Hollywood's best actors. Since then Hoffman has been nominated for 4 more Golden Globes, 3 more Oscars, and took an important role in The Hunger Games series. He had so much exciting work ahead of him, Hoffman was also set to star on the Showtime drama/comedy Happyish.
The first time I got a glimpse of this great actor in person was in 2012's Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman. Hoffman played the lead role of Willy Loman; a beautiful play and an incredible performance. One of those plays you leave and need a few moments to look back at what you just witnessed. It was after that play that I realized that since Capote no actor was doing it more consistently then Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was heartbreaking when he needed to be, hurtful when he needed to be, and funny when he needed to be and he did it with such skill. Below I outlined my favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman roles and the moments that for me highlight his indelible career.
I've always loved this movie and Philip Seymour Hoffman's character in Twister is and always will be one of my favorites. The always excited, fun loving Dusty is one of those supporting characters that helps bring comedy to movies that otherwise would be taking themselves far too seriously.
Sandy-Along Came Polly
Looking back on it now, it's hilarious that a guy nominated for so many awards would also be the guy who actually uttered the phrase "I Sharted" but he did. In one of the actor's more memorable comedic roles, Hoffman soared as an out of work actor trying to help his friend. His speech from Along Came Polly is a fantastic example of his comedic prowess.
Father Brendan Flynn-Doubt
In Doubt, Mr. Hoffman portrays an embattled priest who is believed to have molested a child. It's one of his more critically acclaimed roles, take a look at my favorite scene from the film, where he confronts Sister Beauvier (Meryl Streep) about the allegations.
Gust-Charlie Wilson's War
This I will admit is my personal favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman role, as the smart talking CIA agent who helped Senator Charles Wilson (Tom Hanks) with his covert war on the Solviet Union in Afghanistan. This is his first scene in the film and one of my favorite scenes he ever acted.
Truman Capote- Capote
This is the role that nabbed him an Oscar, it shot his career from excellent to being simply one of the best actors of his generation. Right here is one of the things I will remember most about Mr. Philip Seymour Hoffman, very few lines of dialogue but it's the acting that just blows me away.
As more comes out about his death, I don't think it should matter how anyone who made so many incredible movies died. I'd rather discuss what the person did in their lifetime. As one of the greatest actors of his generation moves on, we need to remember what he did that changed film and the grace with which he did it.
Watch some Phillip Seymour Hoffman films: