Monday, February 3, 2014

Phillip Seymour Hoffman (1967 - 2014)

As you most likely have know by now Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the awarding winning film and theater actor, has died at the age of 46 in New York.
1967 - 2014

I understand that a humorous pop culture blog discussing the passing of an immensely talented actor seems somewhat inappropriate but may of us that write for Culturally Significant! are film school graduates and have strong opinions when it comes to cinema. Also, and more appropriately perhaps, Phillip Seymour Hoffman was such a supremely talented craftsman and appeared in so many influential films that he should now be considered part of the cultural landscape.

Magnolia (1999)
While the manner of his death is tragic I feel that now is not the time to comment on anyone's personal struggles and instead we should appreciate his body of work. He excelled in almost every role he appeared in, even if he was a supporting character with only a few lines. Hoffman was considered by many as an actor's actor and seemed to share a special relationship with many of his directors. The greatest sadness may be how young he was and all the starring roles that are now left empty by his passing.

Capote (2005)
Although he may be gone he has left us with a rich collection of characters that will entertain us for years to come. So goodbye Dean Trumbel, Phil Parma, Andy Hanson, Chuck Bronski, Father Brendan Flynn, Scotty J, Brandt,  Rusty Zimmermen, Freddie Miles, Allen, Gust Avrakotos, Freddy Lounds, Lester Bangs, Sandy Lyle, Truman Capote, Jon Savage, Dan Mahowny, Owen Davian, Andy Hanson, "Dusty" Davis, Caden Cotard, and (especially for me) Lancaster Dodd.

The Master (2012)
Goodbye Phillip Seymour Hoffman. You will be missed but never forgotten.

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