“The ambition, the drive, the wanting to be the center of attention, the wanting to succeed… They’re all inside me somewhere.” – Philip Seymour Hoffman
This quote highlights the kind of dedication Hoffman gave to acting. For close to 23 years, Hoffman impressed with a variety of roles that showcased his acting prowess in full glory.
Standing at 5’10”, Hoffman often lost or gained weight for the roles he portrayed. He was only 46 years old when he found dead of a drug overdose – in the bathroom of his Manhattan apartment on February 2nd, 2014.
We, at AWSUSA, pay our tributes to one of the greatest character actors of our generation by recalling Hoffman’s top 5 performances:
1. Capote: Hoffman’s performance as writer Truman Capote won him his first Oscar nomination and only win. The conflict he portrayed of a man who develops a strong friendship with a prisoner easily ranks this performance among his very best.
2. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead: Sidney Lumet’s last directorial venture gave Hoffman a starring role as one of two brothers who plot to rob their parents’ jewelry store.
3. Mary and Max: This animation comedy is a movie you shouldn’t miss. It features Hoffman as a mentally impaired 40-something American who becomes pen pals with an 8 year old girl in Melbourne.
4. Mission Impossible 3: It’s difficult to shine in an action movie that stars Tom Cruise. But Hoffman did exactly that when he starred as villain Owen Davian in MI 3.
5. The Talented Mr. Ripley: Hoffman’s role as Jude Law’s rich friend won him accolades from all around. This role was one of the earlier ones that catapulted him to stardom.
Other movies that won him acclaim include ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, ‘Moneyball’, ‘Happiness’, ‘Boogie Nights’, ‘Doubt’, ‘Magnolia’ and the ‘Big Lebowski’.
Thanks for the memories…