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13 Ways of Looking at Philip Seymour Hoffman
Posted September 18, 2009 to photo album "13 Ways of Looking at Philip Seymour Hoffman"
From Boogie Nights to Pirate Radio, Hoffman’s body of work never loses sight of his body.
Slide 12: The Contender (Doubt)
In John Patrick Shanley’s faith-driven drama Doubt, Philip Seymour Hoffman is a popular priest who is forced to match theological wits with controlling nun Meryl Streep. While the drama reflects the complexity of faith and certainty, the real spectacle is the duel between two of cinema’s greatest character actors. In one corner, the slender chameleon Streep, whose gifts of imitation enable her to switch identity at a moment’s notice. In the other corner, Hoffman, the solid hulk whose weight and depth bring new dimension to every role. In USA Today, Claudia Puig wrote, “Philip Seymour Hoffman is every bit her equal in his spectacular portrayal of the genial accused priest, Father Flynn…. There may not be two better actors working today: To watch Hoffman and Streep match wits is exhilarating.”