Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of my most favourite actors, and hearing the news tonight of his death, I just couldn’t believe it. I was genuinely shocked, and had to read the news for myself before believing what I had been told. Such sad news has rocked the HCF office as everyone here were huge fans of this mighty acting talent.
Reports say that Hoffman was found in his Manhattan apartment, and had died of an expected drug overdose. An autopsy is to be performed to find the exact cause of death. An official told the New York Times investigators found a syringe in his arm and an envelope containing what is believed to be heroin. The official added, “It’s pretty apparent that it was an overdose… The syringe was in his arm.”
Able to bring a natural charm, lashings of intensity and a general high quality to EVERY performance, Hoffman was simply put one of the best actors in the world, and he will be sorely missed.
The first time I encountered the actor was when I watched Twister (1996), and Hofman played Dustin, the scruffy tornado chaser who gave us the awesome lines likes “fashionably late again”, “You slaughter your own cows, Meg, nice”, “The extreme! IT’S THE EXTREME!” and “Jo, Bill, it’s coming! It’s headed right for us!” From that point on, Hoffman became an actor I wanted to see more of, and fans got to see him in so many different styles of films, and he could put his talents to anything and make it that much better.
Films like Boogie Nights, Happiness and an awesome small role in The Big Lebowski followed, and he continued to prove how good he was in films like Magnolia, Patch Adams, Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love and Cold Mountain. Then came Capote (2005), one of his defining moments, and this followed with a villainous role in Mission Impossible 3 (2006), and he gave us a very frightening and determined villain that raised the bar on how cold villains could be.
Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) saw Hoffman steal the show from Tom Hanks in a truly remarkable performance, and a flawless, classic film. Roles in Moneyball and The Boat That Rocked showed no signs of his talents fading, and then he delivered one if his finest performances ever in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. A controversial role which Hoffman took on with passion, heart and dedication. Roles like this prove that Hoffman was simply untouchable when it came to real dramatic acting.
Sadly, he entered The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and delivered a wonderful turn as Plutarch Heavensbee, and with only seven weeks left on shooting Mockinjay Part 1, The Hunger Games will not be the same without him. His final moments in Catching Fire hinted at something really special to come from his character, and even up against the great Donald Sutherland, Hoffman was a gigantic presence in the film. Even sadder still, only last night it was announced that Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal were to star in Hoffman’s second film as director, Ezekiel Moss. The ghost story in the style of The Sixth Sense was about to be sold at the Berlin Film Market.
It is with great sadness that this article is written.
There have been tons of messages from people in the movie business, plus some updates on Ezekiel Moss and The Hunger Games: Mockinjay. so here is what has happened since Hoffman’s sad passing.
The Hunger Games: Mockinjay
According to Lionsgate, the majority of Hoffman’s scenes had been completed, with just seven days left to shoot on “Mockingjay — Part 2.”
Release dates (Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015) for either installment will not be affected, Lionsgate said.
The “Mockingjay” shoot began in September in Atlanta and is planned to last into the spring, before shifting to Berlin and Paris for a month, ending in May. Both installments are shooting simultaneously.
Lionsgate released a statement saying, “Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our ‘Hunger Games’ family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”
Francis Lawrence, Suzanne Collins, Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik and Jennifer Lawrence on behalf of the cast and crew of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2 issued this statement:
“Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”
Sam Claflin, who plays Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games Tweeted the following:
PSH – I am genuinely shocked, saddened and speechless. A truly wonderful man, with a magical touch. My hero. Thoughts are with his family.
— Sam Claflin (@samclaflin) February 2, 2014
Hoffman’s family issued the following statement:
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
Exclusive Media have pulled sales of the ghost story, Ezekiel Moss, which was due to be sold at the Berlin Film Market this week. The company issued the following statement:
“Exclusive Media is deeply saddened to learn the shocking news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing,” the company said in a statement.
“He was a truly gifted actor and director who not only inspired his fellow colleagues, but audiences around the world and he will be greatly missed.
“We give our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. As such, Exclusive Media will not be presenting Ezekiel Moss to international buyers at EFM at this time while producers explore the next steps for the film.”
A Most Wanted Man:
Hoffman had completed a further two films before his death, and one of those films was A Most Wanted Man directed by Anton Corbijn. It is said that the films release schedule will not be affected.
The director issued the following statement:
“Hearing that Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away came as much as a shock to me as to anyone else i’d imagine. We spent some time together only 2 weeks ago and he seemed in a good place despite some issues he had to deal with. He was not only the most gifted actor i ever worked with (and judging by the legacy he leaves behind i am certain i share this with most if not all directors who were fortunate enough to work with him), he had also become an incredibly inspiring and supportive friend. i am so terribly sad as i find it impossible to comprehend what happened today and to collect my thoughts properly. I have to think about Mimi and the children and i wish them much strength coping with the loss of this truly great man as a father and partner.”
Tweets have been flooding in for the universally loved actor:
We lost one of the greats today. Philip Seymour Hoffman RIP my friend. You will be missed always and forever.
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) February 2, 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman was such a great gift to the world. I am silenced to tears. — Dane DeHaan (@danedehaan) February 2, 2014
Such shocking & sad news. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny & humble man.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) February 2, 2014
One of his neighbours had this to say:
“He’s a local. He’s a fixture in this neighborhood,” said Christian McCulloch, 39, who said that he lives nearby. “You see him with his kids in the coffee shops, he is so sweet. It’s desperately sad.”
Now, while we all mourn the passing of a truly great talent, the time has come to remember why we loved him so much, so here’s a collection of clips which prove exactly why Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the greatest acting talents of all time!