Blog by Jason Raymond
The photo you see above was taken during this year’s Sundance Film Festival on January 19th around 3:30 pm when Philip Seymour Hoffman was on the red carpet. It’s his last public appearance. Hoffman had come to Sundance to promote two upcoming films: “God’s Pocket” and “A Most Wanted Man.”
Hoffman’s death on February 2, 2014, at the age of 46 has been surprising and upsetting. Unfortunately, as anyone in the fields of medicine and law enforcement can tell you, far too many American die each year from the causes authorities believe claimed Hoffman’s life. The outpouring of emotion since this sad news broke shows both the quality of Hoffman’s craft and body of work. Beneath a variety of characters, many of which were unsympathetic, he found a way to reach audiences.
As with many of his fellow actors who have died unexpectedly, Hoffman’s acting will take on an elegiac tone for a while. As time passes, the sheer quality of his performances shall remain as it has for (among others) James Gandolfini, Heath Ledger, John Belushi, and James Dean. – The Editors.
For those looking for more information, here’s a set of relevant links about Philip Seymour Hoffman:
His page on us.imdb.com: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000450/?ref_=tt_ov_st
His Wikipedia Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Seymour_Hoffman
A podcast on Grantland.com with film critic Wesley Morris and journalist Chris Connelly: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/grantland/player?id=10398685
A memorial article by Grantland.com: http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/philip-seymour-hoffman-1967-2014/
Entertainment Weekly’s tribute homepage: http://www.ew.com/ew/package/0,,20782562,00.html
The Hollywood Reporter’s PSH homepage: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/topic/philip-seymour-hoffman-death
Indiewire’s article on PSH’s impact on the American Film Scene: http://www.indiewire.com/article/critics-notebook-how-philip-seymour-hoffman-rescued-american-movies
225 Magazine’s tribute by Jeff Roedel “We are uncool”: http://www.225batonrouge.com/2042014/The_Movie_Filter/We_are_uncool
William Goldman talking to Bill Simmons on Grantland about PSH: http://espn.go.com/espnradio/
And Philip Seymour Hoffman’s obituary in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/03/movies/philip-seymour-hoffman-actor-dies-at-46.html?_r=0