Capote, The Master, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Almost Famous, The Big Lebowski, 25th Hour, Happiness, Moneyball, Hard Eight, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Savages, Mary and Max, Charlie Wilson’s War, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Punch Drunk Love, The Ides of March, Synecdoche New York, Doubt, MI:3, Catching Fire, Along Came Polly – not all of those films were great but they were all significantly better off because of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
I don’t have much to say at this moment other than I’m absolutely devastated by the news. America has lost one of its greatest treasures. Philip Seymour Hoffman was the rare actor whose mere presence elevated the stature of the films he appeared in. He made great films into classics, good films great, and terrible films watchable. A prolific character for much of his career, Hoffman finally won the Best Actor Oscar in 2005 for his iconic turn as Truman Capote in Bennett Miller’s Capote. Three more Oscar nominations followed in 2007, 2008 and 2012 for Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt and for his career-best turn in frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.
There would have been more to come but now, we’ll never know. I’m shattered that you left us all behind without a warning or even a goodbye so we could prep ourselves. Yea, you could say I’m angry, frustrated and sad right now but that’s life, right? We take it all for granted and then one day, poof… gone. Fragility is life’s modus operandi. The news stories will give you the details of his passing, from what time to how to why, and for the next few weeks, we’ll get plenty of tribute pieces reminding us of his greatness. Yet, the only fact that matters here is that the world has lost a titan of cinema.
Rest in peace you brilliant, wonderful man. Thank you for your contribution to the world of cinema and thank you for the memories. I will cherish them forever.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was just 46. He is survived by his wife Mimi O’Donnell and his three children.