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Philip Seymour Hoffman

FULL NAME Philip Seymour Hoffman
BORN 23 July, 1967, New York, USA
DIED 2 February 2014, New York, USA
ASSOCIATION Actor
NATIONALITY American
REVIEWED ENTRIES 20 (19)
MAX. RATING

MIN. RATING

AVERAGE RATING 4.08
STRENGTHS
  • Incredible character versatility
  • Great at portraying misfits with emotional power
  • Superb speaking voice - ranging from sympatic to utterly creepy

 

FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ROLE RATING
1992 Scent of a Woman -
1997 Boogie Nights Scotty J.

½

1998 The Big Lebowski Brandt

½

1998 Happiness Allen

1999 Flawless -

1999 Magnolia Phil Parma

1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley Freddy Miles

½

2000 Almost Famous -

2002 Red Dragon Freddy Lounds

½

2002 25th Hour Jacob Elinsky

½

2003 Owning Mahowny Dan Mahowny

2003 Cold Mountain Veasey

½

2005 Capote Truman Capote

2006 Mission: Impossible III Owen Davian

½

2007 Charlie Wilson's War Gust Avrakotos

2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Andy Hanson

½

2007 The Savages Jon Savage

2008 Doubt Father Brennan Flynn

2009 The Invention of Lying Jim the Bartender  
2010 Jack Goes Boating Jack

2011 The Ides of March Paul Zara

½

2011 Moneyball Art Howe

2012 The Master Lancaster Dodd

½

2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Plutarch Heavensbee

 

PORTRAYAL

This brilliant young actor has been one of the industry's most prolific performers during the last ten years, but he is still only a rookie. Without particularly good looks and without a great physical presence, Philip Seymour Hoffman has made a name for himself as one of the best character actors of the last few years. Hoffman has specialized in playing social misfits and characters on the edge of society, but he's displayed his versatility with wonderful human performances in movies such as Magnolia. This is only one of a handful films by Paul Thomas Anderson that Hoffman has starred in.

In 2003, Hoffman landed his first leading role in the Canadian feature Owning Mahowny. His brilliant performance showed his undeniable potential and Hoffman is currently one of the most sought after actors in the business.

His second lead, as 20th century writer Truman Capote, came in 2005 collaborating with long-time friend Bennett Miller on Capote. The film not only earned Hoffman another stint of rave reviews, but also his first Oscar-nomination and award. Although the film was lacking and the role wasn't his most accomplished to date, the Oscar was thoroughly deserved, even though many critics felt he should have gotten it sooner.

 

AWARDS

The Academy Awards (Oscars)

2005

Best Actor for Capote

 

WHAT DO THE CRITICS SAY?

25th Hour

"Philip Seymour Hoffman med (nok en) fremragende sosial misfit" - Fredrik Fevang

 

Owning Mahowny

"Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance is a masterpiece of discipline and precision. He hardly ever raises his head from the task at hand, or his voice from the detached reserve of a--well, of a bank functionary. He spends a lot of time adjusting his glasses or resting his fingers on his temples, as if to enhance his tunnel vision. He never meets the eye of the camera, or anyone else. Even when a casino security guard is firmly leading his fiancee away from his table, he hardly looks up to notice that she is there, or to say a word in his defense. He is ... gambling." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"His performance here is so detailed, nuanced and intense that to not empathize with him is impossible. But Hoffman never descend to cheap tricks for sympathy - it is a truly masterful performance." - Fredrik Fevang

 

The Talented Mr. Ripley

"og en fantastisk Philip Seymour Hoffman (som enkelt stjeler oppmerksomheten i hver eneste scene han tar del i)." - Fredrik Fevang

 

Magnolia

"Aller mest imponerende er dog likevel Anderson-følgesvennen Philip Seymour Hoffman som en ung, følsom sykepleier." - Fredrik Fevang

 

Flawless

"Hoffman, who played the pathetic man who made dirty phone calls in ``Happiness,'' shows he's one of the best new character actors, able to take a flamboyant role and find the quiet details in it." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

 

Happiness

"Solondz inkluderer i tillegg et behagelig snev av svart humor - best illustrert gjennom Philip Seymour Hoffmans fantastiske rolletolkning. En rolle som skulle vise seg å bli springbrettet for Hoffmans modning til en av vår tids mest spennende karakterskuespillere." - Fredrik Fevang

 

QUOTES

"A lot of people describe me as chubby, which seems so easy, so first-choice. Or stocky. Fair-skinned. Tow-headed. There are so many other choices. How about dense? I mean, I'm a thick kind of guy. But I'm never described in attractive ways. I'm waiting for somebody to say I'm at least cute. But nobody has."

"My favorite thing about acting is being alone and going through the scripts and working on it and getting ideas and asking myself questions, looking outside myself for them and researching and getting to the bottom of something and being creative with it as an actor and how to express it in a creative fashion. That's my favorite part. And,the actual acting of it."

"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."

 

CHARACTER QUOTES

Owning Mahowny

Psychologist: "How would you rate the thrill you got from gambling, on a scale of one to 100?"
Dan Mahowny: "Um... hundred."
Psychologist: "And what about the biggest thrill you've ever had outside of gambling?"
Dan Mahowny: "Twenty."

 

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Freddie Miles (Hoffman): "Tommy. How's the peeping? Tommy, how's the peeping? Tommy. Tommy. Tommy. Tommy. Tommy."

 

Happiness

Allen (Hoffman): "I know who you are and you are nothing. You think you are fucking something, but you are fucking nothing. You are empty. You are a zero. You are a black hole, and I'm gonna fuck you so bad you'll be coming out of your ears."