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Hard to believe that this show closed its doors a couple of months ago. Loved it, its music, and the familiarity of New Orleans it built in me.
She’s done her time posing and preening, playing the girlie girl, the paper doll and wide-eyed ingénue, but she’s also muscled onto the big screen alongside multimillion-dollar men like Robert Downey Jr. The odds still are not in her favor, but I’m betting on her to win.
She is, hands down, one of my favorite actors, male or female. Can’t wait to see what the future holds and I’m betting on her to win too…
More on Philip Seymour Hoffman from A.O. Scott’s excellent remembrance:
[Hoffman’s] goal seemed to be not just the psychological truth that has long been the baseline criterion of post-Method acting, but a moral uncertainty that remains too fraught and frightening for many of us, in art or in life, to engage.
This is not just a matter of seeking out gray areas or mapping ambiguities. Hoffman’s characters exist, more often than not, in a state of ethical and existential torment. They are stuck on the battleground where pride and conscience contend with base and ugly instincts.
He did not care if we liked any of these sad specimens. The point was to make us believe them and to recognize in them — in him — a truth about ourselves that we might otherwise have preferred to avoid. He had a rare ability to illuminate the varieties of human ugliness. No one ever did it so beautifully.
Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Greatest Actor of His Generation | via The Atlantic
For me, acting is torturous, and it’s torturous because you know it’s a beautiful thing. I was young once, and I said, “That’s beautiful and I want that.” Wanting it is easy, but trying to be great—well, that’s absolutely torturous. In the end, I’m grateful to feel something so deeply, and I’m also grateful that it’s over. And that’s my life.
There are few actors whose movies I see simply to see them act. Hoffman was one of them. Sorry I won’t get to see more…
The quote above was not from The Atlantic, it was only quoted there. The original came from this article in the NY Times Magazine from December 2008. Quite good.