Goodbye Philip Seymour Hoffman

philip-seymour-hoffman I felt very sad when I heard the news today that Philip Seymour Hoffman had died.

Sad because he was one of my favorite all-time actors.

Sad because of the way he died– a heroin overdose.

When you get to the end of your life, it’s normal to look back and to see all that you have achieved. His awards and nominations for various roles over the years are many.

I remember when I first actually took notice of him. It was in the film “Owning Mahowny” in which he played a compulsive gambler who stole money from his job to play the tables in Atlantic City. It was based on a true story. That was the movie that I said, “Wow, this guy is a great actor!”

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He floored everyone with his performance in Capote, and most recently got into the Hunger Games: Catching Fire royalty.

But he’s gone.

There’s a scripture that comes to mind:

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What does it profit him to win all these awards, when his children will now grow up without a father?

What good is it to be such a great actor, but to have something inside that is so painful that it yearns to be numbed with heroin?

It’s so sad to lose such a great actor to a such vicious thief.

Forever is a long time. We need to tell our family that we love them, because we may not be here tomorrow.

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2 thoughts on “Goodbye Philip Seymour Hoffman

  1. Sue Ann…. I was so sad about Philip Seymour Hoffman. I have recommended movies a plenty with him to people because he is/was an absolutely brilliant actor. I know that has been said over and over but it is true. His talent was so natural and he could portray any kind of role and do it well. I loved watching him so much and many times I felt HE made the movie even when he was in a supporting role. The world is certainly NOT better off without him and his absence will be felt by all. One of the movies I particularly liked him in was *Doubt* and *Pirate Radio* in addition to *Capote*. He gave an outstanding performance in the latter and certainly deserved the Oscar nod and subsequent statue. But alas even the greatest celebrities still think they are not good enough and struggle with addiction. Thank you for saying a few words about him…..my heart is heavy. 😦

    1. I know, Courtney. I am so bummed out, it’s like I actually knew him. I only knew his work, which was a big part of him, but he made such an impression. Like I said, “Owning Mahowny” is the one that did it for me. But everyone has a favorite. And I wonder what they are going to do about the Hunger Games:Mockingjay movies? It was one book but they are making it into 2 movies, and he was supposed to be in both of them.
      All we can hope is that this wakes people up, both those with Addictions to seek help, and the others in their lives to push them to get help.

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