I didn't know that Philip Seymour Hoffman had a drug problem, but it comes as no surprise that his life ended tragically. Like the roles he played, Hoffman always seemed to be on the outside looking in.
The frustrated baseball coach in Moneyball, the lonely, lost gay friend of Mark Whalberg in Boogie Nights, and his brilliant portrayal of Truman Capote in Capote, showed an actor who was better than his craft. A truly gifted actor, but he somehow seemed flawed by the characters he played, by the notes he hit in each role.
There was always a darkness no matter what the movie. And other than Capote, he seemed to be bored by the big-budget roles. The Hunger Games seemed a strange fit, and his villainous turn in Mission Impossible III just wasn't quite there.
He was much more comfortable, and brilliant, in the smaller, juicier roles. He stole every scene he was (more…)