Today I was very sad to hear about the death of an actor who I love, Philip Seymour Hoffman. I remember the first time I seen him act as Truman Capote in Capote. It was a revelation. I hadn’t been aware of Truman Capote before and it was through the actor’s protrayal that I developed an interest in Capote’s life and work. Seymour Hoffman played the role very human and realistic. It was clear that he had done a lot of research in order to play the part in a way that was realistic of the personality and the life of Truman Capote. There has been another adaptation of Truman Capote’s life which was also well acted with Toby Jones in the role of Capote but it didn’t show the depth of Capote that Seymour Hoffman’s performance did. When you read about Truman Capote’s life yes there was the parties and the muses but he also had other sides to him. A loving relationship with Jack Dempsey, a very close friendship with Harper Lee, a steely determination to succeed, a warmness and a complexity and it was through Seymour Hoffman’s performance that these areas of Capote’s life came to the big screen in a film which was a major success and won the actor a deserved Oscar win.
The 46-year-old actor was found dead reportedly in an apartment in Greenwich Village in Manhattan by a friend who was a screenwriter. The apartment is understood to be owned by the star and is three streets from the home he cohabited in with his girlfriend Mimi O’ Donnell. The couple were together for 15 years after meeting on the 1999 play In Arabia We’d All Be Kings. Hoffman directed the play. They had a son Cooper in 2003, a daughter Tallulah in 2006 and another daughter Willa in 2008.
He has in the past been treated for addiction to pills and friends last night said that they felt that the actor had returned to drugs after been clean of drink and drugs since he was 23.
Tributes poured in for the actor following his untimely death.
Naomie Harris said: “That’s a huge loss for everyone. He was an extraordinary and intelligent man, so it’s incredibly sad.”
Jennifer Lawrence said: “Such an incredible actor. You played an excellent Plutarch. So sad.”
John Hurt said it was his death was a”devastating loss” and added,
“He was a great actor, a great member of thr film and theatre community. An extraordinary talent, directorially as well as an actor, he’ll be greatly missed. His contribution was massive.”
Ricky Gervais said: “One of the greatest actors of a generation and a sweet, funny and humble man.”
Courtney Love said: Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I’m feeling about the loss of an acting genius and friend.”
Further acting credits included Almost Famous, Magnolia, Cold Mountain, Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War and The Big Lebowski. He was recently shooting the next part of the Hunger Games saga – Mockingjay: Part 2.
My condolences and prayers are with all his loved ones at this sad time especially his girlfriend and children.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, may you rest in peace.