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Philip Seymour Hoffman: 1967-2014 | Longreads

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“In my mid–20s, an actor told me, ‘Acting ain’t no puzzle,’ ” Hoffman said, after returning to his seat. “I thought: ‘Ain’t no puzzle?!?’ You must be bad!” He laughed. “You must be really bad, because it is a puzzle. Creating anything is hard. It’s a cliché thing to say, but every time you start a job, you just don’t know anything. I mean, I can break something down, but ultimately I don’t know anything when I start work on a new movie. You start stabbing out, and you make a mistake, and it’s not right, and then you try again and again. The key is you have to commit. And that’s hard because you have to find what it is you are committing to.”

-Philip Seymour Hoffman, to Lynn Hirschberg, in a 2008 New York Times Magazine profile. Hoffman was found dead Feb. 2 in Manhattan.

Dead at 46?! Oy. Sometimes I forget we can die at anytime. 


He once said his most memorable role was in Scent of a Woman (George Willis, Jr.). I loved him in The Talented Mr. Ripley (Freddie Miles) and I loved that when he won his Oscar for Capote he thanked his mom:

"She brought up four kids alone, and she deserves a congratulations for that," Hoffman said during his speech. "She took me to my first play."

He leaves behind three young children and from neighbors' accounts he was a loving, dedicated father who often was seen riding his bicycle through the Village with one of his kids on board.   

Wow, and now his kids will also be brought up without his parenting. So sad.

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