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Philip Seymour Hoffman
flubbed his greatest role

American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson

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Posted By:magnante, 2/3/2014 7:45:49 AM

He may have won the Academy Award for Best Actor as Truman Capote, but in life´s drama, Philip Seymour Hoffman flubbed his role as father and mate. The death of the extravagantly gifted actor from an apparent heroin overdose boggles my mind. A man who was able to slip into the skin of his characters and inhabit their souls, making their essence shine brightly, was evidently unable to inhabit his own skin with any comfort or ease. Something in his life drove him to seek oblivion in drugs and alcohol starting when he graduated from NYU´s drama school, as he publicly

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 2/3/2014 7:52:56 AM     (No. 9717102)

I feel sorry for his children.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rather Read, 2/3/2014 8:00:42 AM     (No. 9717108)

Sad. Hoffman was a gifted actor.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 2/3/2014 8:02:52 AM     (No. 9717112)

This is a beautifully written article about an actor with a lot of potential. It is a tragedy for his children. However for the rest of us? Just another celebrity who valued drugs more than life...gone. Next?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: cartcart, 2/3/2014 8:20:47 AM     (No. 9717132)

it is a sad day when anyone dies of a drug overdose. That said, those that are using drugs now or considering using them in the future, the outlook is pretty grim. What good comes of heroin except to enrich those that produce it?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hermoine, 2/3/2014 8:21:07 AM     (No. 9717135)

Addiction is an awful, awful thing. May he Rest in Peace, may his children find solace from their grief, and may they learn from his tragedy when they are older.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 2/3/2014 9:05:28 AM     (No. 9717198)

I´m confused. Listening to the news reports this morning, everyone is saying that Hoffman was the greatest actor of our generation. But they said the same thing when Gandolfini died last year. So who was it, Hoffman or Soprano? Or maybe it´s the next famous actor to die prematurely? And really, the only film I´ve ever seen with Hoffman in it was "Twister," which was entertaining but definitely not high art. Can you really be great if you make a bunch of films I can´t be bothered to watch?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Immanuel Goldstein, 2/3/2014 9:22:22 AM     (No. 9717231)

#6; Gandolfini basically had just one roll. Hoffman plaid multiple characters and showed great range that Gandolfini never had a chance to tackle. Hoffman´s characterization of Truman Capote was eerily spot on. And his characterization of Lester Bangs, who I knew, was dead solid perfect. Lester Bangs was another brilliant talent who´s life was defined by cut short by drugs and alcohol.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 2/3/2014 9:30:30 AM     (No. 9717245)

What a cynical, self-righteous hit piece on Hoffman, especially so soon after his death. The writer apparently relied on nothing but supposition as to what the unmarried dad´s home life was like. Mr. Lifson can stick his condemnation disguised as concern. The worst kind of exploitative click-mongering.

And, if the only film of Hoffman´s that one has seen is Twister, that says a lot more about the range of that movie viewer than it does about Hoffman´s range and talent. Sheesh.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: F16 guy, 2/3/2014 9:59:02 AM     (No. 9717300)

Sometimes the legacy you hoped for is never the one you dreamed would happen.

PSH- just another drug addict.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: yuban, 2/3/2014 10:15:02 AM     (No. 9717322)

He didn´t have an addiction problem until he decided to do drugs for the first time. The sickness isn´t the addiction, the sickness is thinking you can handle drugs because you are YOU. Just another celebrity that couldn´t make it in the real world.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: proactus, 2/3/2014 10:23:20 AM     (No. 9717333)

Now, like so many before him, he belongs to the "Losers Club". What a waste.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/3/2014 10:32:21 AM     (No. 9717350)

As usual the Daily Mail did a fairly extensive pictorial on him, photos taken over the years, and in almost every photo he is either with his partner or with her and their children, or with some of the children. Pushing a stroller, holding them by the hand.

Consider the possibility that she too did not desire to marry. That is not always the man´s choice.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bugboy, 2/3/2014 10:35:30 AM     (No. 9717355)

I´ve heard it called a tragedy and an accident.

A tragedy it was. For someone to be so gifted to throw that away and to allow his children to grow up without a parent is unconscionable and selfish.

Accident, no! He chose to stick the needle in his arm.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: killerbee, 2/3/2014 11:14:06 AM     (No. 9717421)

#7: Gandolfini could play more than Tony Soprano, and he was a very good actor. He still wasn´t at the level of Hoffman. There are a few actors who can do pretty much anything and be utterly believable. Hoffman was one of them. Heath Ledger was another. It sickens me to see these men waste their gifts on drugs, but I look at the entertainment industry and I know it encourages and perpetuates these weaknesses.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: RancherJack, 2/3/2014 11:15:53 AM     (No. 9717427)

Did you note no gun was involved?

He stuck the needle into his own arm.

No gun involved.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: athina, 2/3/2014 12:06:35 PM     (No. 9717509)

I suppose it doesn´t matter which drug he took that ended his life, but heroin has become the major drug problem here in our county - A 23 yr old schoolmate of my kids just died in the first week of January due to a heroin overdose. They say it is hugely addicting and also warn that what you buy might be mixed with something else, something stronger -- It´s easy to OD on it.

I was stunned to realize that it´s something that even teenagers are using. I´ve always been so naïve about this sort of thing, but I guess I always will be. I don´t get it.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: biggun, 2/3/2014 3:34:06 PM     (No. 9717851)

Hoffman was a fine actor, but he was also just another loser doper who betrayed those who loved him.

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