Philip Seymour Hoffman, in Memoriam

by indiaautry

July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014


I struggled with whether to write a post…After all, what can I say that we don’t already know? But Mr. Hoffman’s passing devastated me, though I never met him. I think many of us feel the same. Of course we mourn for his family and friends and those who knew first-hand of his charm and loving spirit. But the rest of his mourn him too. He was an incredible actor. He had the ability to move us in ways that few have.

And I’m not one for “bringing flowers” only when someone dies. I’ve long said that he was one of my favorite actors and one of the most intense. His devious yet endearing performance in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” stole my gritty little heart, and I’ve been following him ever since. We’re fortunate that he memorialize so many wonderful performances that we can watch at any time.

I don’t want to get controversial, but I do want to use this platform to advocate an important point for me: I do think that people who don’t have an intimate knowledge of substance abuse should take care with their commentary about his struggle and the nature of his death. I’ll end with this: Philip Seymour Hoffman was a piercing actor and – forgive me, I said it when it was alive & I’ll say it now – a ‘sexy beast.’

“He had a rare ability to illuminate the varieties of human ugliness. No one ever did it so beautifully.” -A.O. Scott, New York Times