Philip Seymour Hoffman's brain
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#1 Feb 16, 2006
#2 Feb 16, 2006
Wrestling With Fame
By: Jennifer Drapkin
Summary: Philip Seymour Hoffman refuses to bask in reports of his gathering greatness. Meet an actor who deflects—and seduces—with acumen and cunning worthy of, dare we say it, Truman Capote.
He's in the boiler room, pinned on his back. Philip Seymour Hoffman is 13 years old, just over five feet tall and losing a wrestling match, badly. This being wrestling, lowest in the hierarchy of school sports and chronically underfunded, matches take place in the bowels of buildings and the onlookers, mostly parents, are forced to sit on the cold floor, close by. There his mother is watching him fail. Suddenly she scrambles to her hands and knees on the corner of the mat, looks him dead in the eye and cries, "Get up, get up," pounding her fists on the floor for emphasis. He glares back at her. "I can't! I can't!" he screams.
This is a story that Hoffman, arguably the world's finest actor, tells about himself to maintain perspective. His latest film, Capote, is garnering all kinds of accolades: The best movie about journalism ever made. The most emotionally taut portrait of an artist overcome by ambition ever drawn. That's just for the movie.
The real praise has been lavished on Hoffman's psychologically luminous performance, as it has since his 1992 appearance in Scent of a Woman. "Naked as a newborn baby, utterly lacking in vanity, his performances delve into areas of the psyche most actors don't even know exist, let alone have the daring to tackle," critic James Mottram raved in The Scotsman. "He's an actor's actor, really fearless," observes John C. Reilly, who has costarred with Hoffman in films and on stage.
#3 Feb 18, 2006
Thanks so much for posting this! I'll add it to my website news page ( www.psh4bestactor.com ). Paste - an online music magazine also has a cover story on PSH.
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