RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Posted: February 2, 2014 in Op-ed
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As I sit down to write this, I assure you that it is with a heavy heart. Here at YDKSAF we usually like to keep things as light hearted and fun as possible but, on a rare occasion, unfortunately not rare enough, a tragedy happens that we feel the need to comment on if not only to pay tribute. Earlier today news reports surfaced that Phillip Seymour Hoffman had passed at a tragically young age. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying that it is more tragic because he was famous, but it is tragic nonetheless.

Hoffman began his career with a small role on an episode of Law & Order. He followed with small roles in some well known films such as Scent of a Woman and My Boyfriends Back. He followed with what was arguably a breakout role as Dusty in 1996’s Twister, which was my first exposure to him even though I didn’t realize it for several years. After Twister, Hoffman began to win more high profile roles in films such as Boogie Nights, Patch Adams, Almost Famous and co-starring with Robert De Niro in Flawless. Hoffman continued with a string of starring and co-starring roles in both big budget films and critically acclaimed indie films.

Hoffman was an actor who always immersed himself in whatever role he was playing. He also had a knack and a talent for making every character he played not only believable but real. It was due to this talent that Hoffman was never at risk of being typecast. Whether he was playing a villain, Mission: Impossible III, a cult leader, The Master, or a tragic character, Love Liza, he was always convincing. Unfortunately,  he rarely got the opportunity to play a leading role despite his immense talent.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman was always my favorite actor, from the time I realized I appreciated film as an art and not just something to pass the time. He was a big part of the reason I came to appreciate not just film as art, but actors as artists. He always captivated me when he was on the screen and I would always watch a film if his name was attached. He was one of those rare actors that I actually felt some kind of a connection to, due to a certain everyman quality. The last role I saw him in was last year’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and like always, he was the highlight of the film. I am truly saddened that with a couple of upcoming exceptions, our screens will never again be graced with new perfomances by such a rare and incredible talent.

Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Hoffman’s family and friends in this incredibly sad time and especially in the upcoming days and months. Even though we didn’t know him, Mr. Hoffman will be truly missed by the crew here at YDKSAF. Also, our hope is that the press will handle the coverage in a sensitive and graceful manner that is respectful to his family and friends. It is on a very somber note that I sign off tonight friends. Appreciate every day that you have with your loved ones because you never know how many you will get. Til next time and hopefully on a happier note…

RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman 1967-2014

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