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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 7: The Designated Mourner (Love Liza)

Slide 7: The Designated Mourner (Love Liza)

In Love Liza, Hoffman, so often a side character, took on the lead in this story of a man coping with his wife’s unexpected suicide. The script was written by his brother, Gordy Hoffman. But Philip Seymour Hoffman makes the character of Joel all his own. As he wanders through his grief in ways that are simultaneously somber and slapstick, Hoffman creates a singular character, sideswiped by life, but yearning to find a way to the other side. And while Hoffman may not be a typical leading man, his emotional struggle feels painfully universal. David Sterrit wrote in the Christian Science Monitor that “Hoffman's acting is poignant and compassionate, etching a profoundly sad character with no trace of compromise.”