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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 4: The Officious Extra (The Big Lebowski)

Slide 4: The Officious Extra (The Big Lebowski)

Just as Hoffman could be slovenly and unkempt, so too could he play prissily neat. In the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski, Hoffman plays a minor, but in no way forgettable, role, as the Big Lebowski’s unctuous aide Brandt, who dismisses the Dude with such persnickety German precision it makes you cringe. But Hoffman’s real genius is not to stand apart, but to fill out the Coen comic caravan. In Variety, Todd McCarthy marked how they all worked together: “As the blustery Walter, Goodman is vastly entertaining, Moore is bracingly assertive in a nice change of pace role, and Philip Seymour Hoffman milks surplus laughs out of his part as Lebowski's officious assistant.”