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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 1: Introduction
Slide 2: The Pathetic Loser (Boogie Nights)
Slide 3: The Perv (Happiness)
Slide 4: The Officious Extra (The Big Lebowski)
Slide 5: The Ringmaster (The Talented Mr. Ripley)
Slide 6: The Insider's Outsider (Almost Famous)
Slide 7: The Designated Mourner (Love Liza)
Slide 8: The Sincere Dandy (Capote)
Slide 9: The Banality of Evil (Mission: Impossible III)
Slide 10: The Charming Heavy (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead)
Slide 11: Macho Bastard (Charlie Wilson's War)
Slide 12: The Contender (Doubt)
Slide 13: Pillar of His Own World (Synecdoche, New York)
Slide 14: The Rock 'n' Roller (Pirate Radio)
Slide 13: Pillar of His Own World (Synecdoche, New York)

Slide 13: Pillar of His Own World (Synecdoche, New York)

Over the years, Hoffman has moved from scene-stealing side characters to powerful leads strong enough to carry a feature film. But in taking on the role of the theater director with a desire to replicate his life in art in Synecdoche, New York, Hoffman is forced to support the whole world. In her review for the Austin Chronicle, Marjorie Baumgarten explains, “Synecdoche, New York is anchored by the always remarkable Hoffman as upstate New York regional theatre director Caden Cotard, whose marriage, relationships, home, and health are all seemingly crumbling.” One wonders if any other actor could stand unfazed as Charlie Kaufman’s post-modern tower of mirrors collapses around him.