Philip Seymour Hoffman

Our tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sunday February 2nd was a sad day. One of my favorite actors died of an apparent overdose in New York City. I would like to write my first “outtake” post about him and show you my favorite scenes staring him and say that like many, I will always wonder what roles he left “unplayed” and how he would have interpreted someone.

He was credited on over 63 films, but of those there are several that have classic soundtrack: “Magnolia”, “Almost Famous”, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” among them. I have chosen a song from “Almost Famous” as the soundtrack for this post.

I remember I had seen his face before that, but the first role that really got my attention, and I think for many, The first time he made an impact was when he played yuppie Freddie Miles in “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. You can see how he changes the way he talks, and his mannerisms…astonishing.

Then there is this great scene from “Almost Famous” which defines “uncool” people´s dilemma (sorry, I cannot relate to that dilemma jajaja)

And he had great comedic talent as you can see here:

I could just post different scenes from characters he played. I remember the movie “Doubt” and how we was able to play a priest and child molester and not be a complete monster in the process… I am leaving out the movie he won the Oscar for Best Actor for “Capote” (Almost scary interpretation).

I wanted to find a song, somewhere where I saw him singing, performing, because lets face it, he had an AMAZING voice (bellow a “trailer” where his voice replaces Scarlet Johansen´s ) for the movie “HER”. Directed by Spike Jonze and nominated for this year´s Academy Awards.

“Her” trailer plus Philip Seymour Hoffman from Richard Trammell on Vimeo.

Unfortunately, I could only find this poem by him included in the movie “The Master” (he was nominated for an Academy Award as a Supporting Actor for his role as Lancaster Dodd). You can see here he was simply very cool and I would love to have been in that party (with my clothes on).

There are sad reports coming out about the circumstances of his death, his long battle with addiction, the children he leaves behind, his family, friends and coworkers. I just sit here thinking Ubi sunt qui ante nos fuerunt?, meaning “Where are those who were before us? Wherever you are, I thank you for the way you delivered your lines and how you approached your craft and made me feel sympathy, empathy, disgust and love for the “people” you brought to life. I hope you are at ease, without pain, surrounded by love and able to feel the appreciation and gratitude from all your fans from around the world. You will be eternally missed.


Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor and director. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, and received three Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor as well as three Tony Award nominations for his work in the theater.

Hoffman began his acting career in 1991, and the following year began to appear in films. He gained recognition for his supporting work in a series of notable films, including Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), Patch Adams (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Almost Famous (2000), Red Dragon (2002), 25th Hour (2002), Punch-Drunk Love (2002) and Cold Mountain (2003). In 2005, Hoffman played the title role in Capote, for which he won multiple acting awards including the Oscar for best actor. His three other Academy Award nominations came for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012). Other critically acclaimed films in his later years included Owning Mahowny (2003), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), The Savages (2007), Synecdoche, New York (2008), Moneyball (2011) and The Ides of March(2011). In 2010, Hoffman made his feature film directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating.

Hoffman was an accomplished theater actor and director. He joined the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995, and directed and performed in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays led to three Tony Award nominations: two for Best Leading Actor in True West (2000) and Death of a Salesman (2012); one for Best Featured Actor in Long Day’s Journey into Night (2003).


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2 thoughts on “Philip Seymour Hoffman

  1. Philip Seymour Hoffman will be greatly missed. He gave so many brilliant performances, and you’ve done a great job of selecting a few. I particularly liked your pick for ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ (mesmerizing) and the scene from ‘Almost Famous’ (such pathos for the uncool).

    A lesser known film of his that I was always very fond of is the Australian stop-motion, ‘Mary and Max’. It’s a different kind of film, a quiet, melancholic film, but as this scene shows, it’s also a film with something to say. And, as always Hoffman sinks into the role perfectly inhabiting it.

    Gone but not forgotten, he’s in a better world now.

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