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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 5: The Ringmaster (The Talented Mr. Ripley)

Slide 5: The Ringmaster (The Talented Mr. Ripley)

In Anthony Minghella’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, Hoffman has shed his loser garb to don sunglasses and a polo shirt as the cruel ringmaster of a group of wealthy Americans living in Italy. As Freddie Miles (in a role the New York Times’ Janet Maslin dubbed “scene-stealingly wonderful”), Hoffman embodies the arrogance and righteousness of the American aristocracy. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Graham observed that, “his indolent drawl outdoes even William F. Buckley's. In Hoffman's performance, Freddie is so repellent that it wouldn't be surprising if some of his so-called friends would be happy to see him dead. Freddie is not only loathsome, he's too smart for his own good.”