Philip Seymour Hoffman Appreciation Post
Sometimes it’s hard to say no. Ultimately, if you stick to your guns, you have the career that you want. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good payday and I’ll do films for fun. But ultimately my main goal is to do good work. If it doesn’t pay well, so be it.
Happy 46th Birthday, Philip Seymour Hoffman!
My favourite working actor! Philip Seymour Hoffman is the most versatile and talented actor working today, ranging from the cool Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, lonely Phil Parma in Magnolia, vindictive Dean Trumbell in Punch-Drunk Love, hilarious Sandy Lyle in Along Came Polly, compassionate Father Brendan Flynn in Doubt to leader Lancaster Dodd in The Master. There is nothing this man can’t do, and as of now, I have yet to see Hoffman give a bad performance.
He does have a fair advantage considering Almost Famous is my favourite movie, and Boogie Nights is in my top 20; Hoffman is an actor who’s presence is always welcomed in any film. Synecdoche, New York and Along Came Polly are both great examples where his performance manages to make a bad film watchable. Synecdoche, New York wasn’t necessarily bad; I just didn’t understand it. Philip Seymour Hoffman is only turning 46, and I’m still very excited by his work, and his future career decisions.
I didn’t go out looking for negative characters; I went out looking for people who have a struggle and a fight to tackle. That’s what interests me
Choosing my favourite performance by Hoffman is hard, its between Magnolia, Capote and Synecdoche, New York. However, there is something about his performance as Phil Parma in Magnolia that stands out than the others. Phil is a kind, compassionate and normal man and Hoffman’s heart-breaking yet subtle work is remarkable. We see the character’s feelings through his mannerisms and eyes; Phil is the only sane person in this world full of unusual people, and his struggle is painful to watch. Although I do think Tom Cruise gave the performance of the film, Hoffman comes close.
As for his upcoming films, Philip Seymour Hoffman will be playing Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay; I’m a huge fan of the books, so Hoffman is a great addition to the already impressive cast. A Most Wanted Man sounds interesting, I’m a fan of Anton Corbijn’s The American, so naturally I’m looking forward to this. Oh, and Rachel McAdams is in it too. Mad Men’s John Slattery makes his film directorial debut, God’s Pocket, starring Christina Hendricks, the plot sounds interesting, but I’m mainly excited to see Hoffman work with Hendricks. And finally, Child 44, I like Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace enough, but Philip Seymour Hoffman and Gary Oldman in the same film together?!! It’s worth seeing alone for that.
Top Five Films
- Almost Famous
- Boogie Nights
- The Talented Mr. Ripley
- The Savages
Top Five Performances
- Synecdoche, New York
- The Savages
- The Master
Ranking his Oscar Nominated Performances
- The Master
- Charlie Wilson’s War
Worst Film: Along Came Polly
Worst Performance: He’s flawless in everything.
Directors I’d like to see him work with: Cameron Crowe (again), Wes Anderson and Jason Reitman.
Actors I’d like to see him work with: Natalie Portman, Russell Crowe, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and Susan Sarandon.
Top Five Film Quotes
- Almost Famous: I’m always home. I’m uncool.
- Capote: More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.
- Doubt: There are people who go after your humanity, Sister, that tell you that the light in your heart is a weakness. Don’t believe it. It’s an old tactic of cruel people to kill kindness in the name of virtue.
- Synecdoche, New York: I know how to do it now. There are nearly thirteen million people in the world. None of those people is an extra. They’re all the leads of their own stories. They have to be given their due.
- Along Came Polly: I tried to fart and a little shit came out. I just sharted. Now let’s go.
Best Actor in a Leading Role, Synecdoche, New York *
Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Doubt
Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Savages
Best Actor in a Leading Role, Capote *
Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Along Came Polly
Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Magnolia
6 nominations – 2 wins
Top Tens for: The Master, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Punch-Drunk Love, Almost Famous