Philip Seymour Hoffman ( July 23 1967 - February 2 2014 )
Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23 1967 - February 2 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in the film "Capote" directed by Bennett Miller (2005). “Capote “was released to great acclaim, with particular praise going to Hoffman’s performance. Many critics noted that the role was designed to win awards, and indeed Hoffman received an Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA, and various other critics’ awards. After “Capote”, several commentators began to describe Hoffman as one of the finest, most ambitious actors of his generation.
Hoffman was found dead, reportedly from a drug overdose, in his Manhattan apartment on February 2, 2014.
Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23 1967 - February 2 2014)
Philip Seymour Hoffman was Truman Capote for the needs of Bennett Miller's film “Capote” (2005) . The biographical film dramatized Truman Capote’s experience of writing his true crime novel “In Cold Blood ” back in 1966. Catherine Keener was Nelle Harper Lee the writer of the famous Pulitzer prize winning novel “To Kill A Mocking Bird"…
Portraying the idiosyncratic writer proved highly demanding: he lost weight and undertook four months of research, particularly watching video clips of Capote to help him affect his effeminate voice and mannerisms – Hoffman stated that he was not concerned with perfectly imitating Capote’s speech, but did feel a great duty to “express the vitality and the nuances” of the writer. During filming, he stayed in character constantly so as not to lose the voice and posture: “Otherwise”, he explained, "I would give my body a chance to bail on me".
His performance as Truman Capote in “Capote” is ranked #35 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
On February 2, 2014, Hoffman was found dead in the bathroom of his West Village, Manhattan office apartment by a friend – playwright and screenwriter David Bar Katz. Detectives searching his apartment found heroin and prescription drugs at the scene…
In May 2013, Hoffman announced that he checked into substance abuse treatment center because he had started snorting heroin.
In Paul Thomas Anderson’s film “The Master” (2012) a naval veteran Freddie Quell played by Joaquin Phoenix returns home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by “The Cause” some scientology type movement and its charismatic leader Lancaster Todd played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Hoffman and Phoenix received a joint Volpi Cup Award at the Venice Film Festival for their performances, and Hoffman was also nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award and a SAG Award for the supporting role.
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Todd the charismatic eader of a philosophical movement known as The Cause in "The Master" directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (2012). That was his fifth collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson and critics claimed that he gave the most memorable performance of his career. He was again an Academy Award nominee for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Todd the charismatic leader of a nascent Scientology-type movement who brings troubled Naval veteran Freddie Quelll played byJoaquin Phoenix under his tutelage in the Paul Thomas Anderson film “The Master” (2012)
He assisted Anderson in the writing of the script by reviewing samples of it, and suggested making Phoenix's character, Freddie Quell, the protagonist instead of Dodd.
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd the charismatic leader of a nascent Scientology-type movement who brings troubled Joaquin Phoenix under his tutelage in the Paul Thomas Anderson film "The Master" (2012)