Philip Seymour Hoffman
This brilliant young actor was one of the industry's most prolific performers from the mid 1990s until his death. Without particularly good looks and without a great physical presence, Philip Seymour Hoffman made a name for himself as one of the best character actors of his generation. He specialized in playing social misfits and characters on the edge of society, but he also 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 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 went on to become 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.
Hoffman died of an accidental drug overdose in February 2014 in his New York apartment.
"Philip Seymour Hoffman med (nok en) fremragende sosial misfit" - Fredrik Fevang
"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
"Aller mest imponerende er dog likevel Anderson-følgesvennen Philip Seymour Hoffman som en ung, følsom sykepleier." - Fredrik Fevang
"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
"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
"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."
Psychologist: "How would you rate the thrill you got from gambling, on a scale of one to 100?"
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Freddie Miles (Hoffman): "Tommy. How's the peeping? Tommy, how's the peeping? Tommy. Tommy. Tommy. Tommy. Tommy."
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."