Philip Seymour Hoffman, a master of the art of acting

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014).

I have to say, like many fans, films critics and movie and theater lovers, I am still in shock and I still can’t believe that he passed away.

He was the best actor of his generation. He had a brilliant career.  I admired his career and talent, in other words, Philip Seymour Hoffman was the “real art of acting”.

He was Truman Capote in “Capote”, he was Father Brendan Flynn in “The Doubt”, he was Lancaster Dodd in “The Master”, Paul Zara in “The Ides of March”, Gust Avrakotos in “Charlie Wilson’s War”, Owen Davian in “Mission Impossible III” , Andy in “before the devil knows you’re dead”, Lester Bangs in “Almost Famous”, Phil Parma in “Magnolia”, Allen in “Happiness”, Scotty J. in “Boogie Nights”, Mitch in “Patch Adams”, Freddie Miles in “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, Brandt in “The Big Lebowski”, Freddie Lounds in “Red Dragon”, Dean Trumbell in “Punch-Drunk Love”, Jacob Elinsky in “25th Hour”, Art Howe in “Moneyball”, Caden Cotard in “Synecdoche, New York”, Rusty in “Flawless”, Jon Savage in “The Savages” and Dustin “Dusty” Davis in “Twister”.

He was versatile and he had a huge acting talent.

Unfortunately, we don’t have too many great actors now in these days… Gary Oldman, Daniel Day Lewis, Christian Bale, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cillian Murphy, Joaquin Phoenix and even Leornardo Di Caprio… those are just some of the few “great acting giants” that we have now today.

But Philip Seymour Hoffman is gone. He was a master of the art of acting, he was the greatest, his film career was probably the greatest of these days, he worked with Paul Thomas Anderson, Cameron Crowe, the Coen Brothers, Anthony Minghella, Spike Lee and David Mamet. He made a lot of Independent and Art films. And also, a few commercial films.

In other years, we lost so many other great actors like Robert Shaw in 1978, Robert Walker in 1951, Gunnar Björnstrand in 1986, Laurence Olivier in 1989, Marcello Mastroanni in 1996, Anthony Quinn in 2001, Marlon Brando in 2004 and Peter O’Toole last year.

And now, tragically, we lost Philip Seymor Hoffman in this year, at age 46.

These are soe images of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s best
acting performances:
As Truman Capote
In Boogie Nights
In Happiness
In Magnolia
In Charlie Wilson’s War
In “Doubt”
In “Before the devil knows you’re dead”
In Almost Famous
Rest in Peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
We will never forget you.
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