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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.
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In an ensemble cast of detestable characters, Hoffman found a way to stand out as arguably the most repellent. In Todd Solondz’ razor-wire social satire, Hoffman plays Allen, a computer geek so repressed that he derives most of his sexual pleasure from making obscene, abusive phone calls anonymously. As the creepy dude from next door, Hoffman makes you first detest him, and then ultimately empathize with his loneliness. In Slate.com, David Edelstein wrote, “Hoffman, as one of the two fat neighbors, is encased in his flab like a tortured prisoner of war. His doleful low tones and operatic mouth-breathing give even his vilest lines a dopey sweetness.”