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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 8: The Sincere Dandy (Capote)

Slide 8: The Sincere Dandy (Capote)

Based on his shaggy dog roles up to that point, the idea of casting the sloppy heterosexual Philip Seymour Hoffman as the dapper gay prose dandy Truman Capote (for the film Capote) must have seemed a bit far-fetched at the time. But Hoffman performed one of the great magic acts of modern cinema, emerging from his past roles in a complete—and completely believable––transformation. And he was duly rewarded with an Academy Award for his efforts. Hoffman’s genius was to capture a man at once always performing and perpetually raw, the dandy and naïve as one. In his rave Variety review, David Rooney explains, “Hoffman's Capote is Southern flamboyance taken to baroque extremes, yet at all times vulnerable and real.”