It has been a sad week in the filmmaking world, as we have lost one of the greatest actors of our time, a man who was successful both in the independent cinema and on the hills of Hollywood – Philip Seymour Hoffman.
His love for acting started at a very early age, and, after attending theatre classes during the high school, he graduated at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1989. His talent was recognized and he began his career acting for the TV series “Law and Order” just two years after his graduation.
His debut on the big screen began with supporting and uncomfortable roles in independent productions, working with many different directors. His remarkable performances are the ones in “Triple Bogey On a Par Five Hole” (1991) by Amos Poe, “My New Gun” (1992) by Stacy Cochran and “Boogie Nights” (1997) by Paul Thomas Anderson. The fact that he would have become a man of great success in this field was already clear in 1992 when he acted with Al Pacino in “Scent of a Woman” by Martin Brest, in which he performed a rich and standoffish guy named George Willis Jr.
He became at this point a real icon of indie cinema and was noticed also by big Majors of Hollywood. For this reason, he acted in “Cold Mountain” (2003) in the role of a very controversial preacher and in “Mission Impossible III” (2006) in the pants of the villainous of the story.
Philip Seymour Hoffman also loved working on theatre stages, being very active on Broadway. He received two Tony Nominations as Best Actor (Play) in 2000 for a remake of “True West” by Sam Shepard and as Best Actor (Featured Role – Play) in 2003 for a revival of “Long Day’s Journey into Night” by Eugene O’Neill.
He received big acclaim from audiences and critics and consolidated his reputation as one of the best actors for his performance as Truman Capote in the film “Capote” (2005). Thanks to this role he won a Los Angeles Film Critics Award as Best Actor in 2006 and was awarded at the Oscars as Best Actor.
In 2011 Hoffman acted next to George Clooney (which is also the director of the movie) in the important role of Paul Zara in “The Ides of March”. In the same year the success of the actor brought him to act together with Brad Pitt in “Moneyball” by Bennett Miller in which he played the role of Art Howle, the coach of the baseball team rival to the one coached by Pitt.
The career of Philip Seymour Hoffman started in the independent cinema and stopped too early. With this spotlight we wanted to remember this amazing person that taught us how it is possible to shine at a Global level but also working for independent films because it is worth the effort. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.