If you want the gravy…

…You've got to get the biscuits!

Farewell, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Leave a comment

The role he won an Oscar for.

The role he was nominated for, and should have won for.

The role (and the film) that should have been nominated.

There’s a lot of his filmography I have yet to see (I haven’t actually seen Charlie Wilson’s War), and I’ll never see him onstage–he recently played a much-acclaimed Willy Loman–but I will miss him. As versatile as he was, he was second to none at playing a very specific type of priggish pig, whether pathetic (as in The Big Lebowski) or pompous (as in The Master). He had just added a franchise to his resume with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and apparently he did film most of his scenes in Mockingjay prior to his death, so we’ll at least have one last performance to treasure. But there was so much more he had in store: he was set to direct a film called Ezekiel Moss (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=114275),  he had collaborated five times with Paul Thomas Anderson and would likely have done so again, and, saddest of all, he had three young children and a long-time partner, Mimi O’Donnell.

He was a truly distinctive actor, one you could count on–and since his film work still lives, you still can–to offer the pleasures that only a great personality can: his droll, nasal voice, his sheepish smile, and his stature, which could by turns be menacing, imposing, or pathetic. I say no more–his accomplishments speak for themselves.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s