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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 2: The Pathetic Loser (Boogie Nights)

Slide 2: The Pathetic Loser (Boogie Nights)

Philip Seymour Hoffman had made more than 15 films before landing the role of Scotty J. in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. But it was this role as the shy, clumsy puppy in love with the film’s alpha male that caught the public’s and critics’ attention. Unlike many actors, who might try to make a role more attractive in order to get noticed, Hoffman went the other way. He fully embraced the marginality of his character. He amplified everything that was pathetic about Scotty to reveal a vulnerable, albeit creepy, human being. Hoffman said of his performance, “That's hard for me to watch, because it's me saying, 'I know about him. And now you know I know.' It's very awkward. But playing it any other way would be compromising…It had to be all or nothing of myself as attractive." And he went for broke with nothing.