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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 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.”