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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 6: The Insider's Outsider (Almost Famous)
If Hoffman began his career as a loser, he soon turned that sense of marginality into a choice rather than a punishment. In Almost Famous, Hoffman plays the cynically idealistic real-life music journalist Lester Bangs who wises up the film’s hero William Miller (Patrick Fugit) on the reality of the rock scene. It’s a fine line to play both jaded and passionate, angry and adoring, at the same time, but Hoffman pulls it off so poetically that he reveals how those contradictions are simply different sides of the same coin. Kenneth Turan wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “Superbly played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, more and more the most gifted and inspired character actor working in film, what could have been the clichéd portrait of an older mentor who speaks the straight truth blossoms into a marvelous personality.”