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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s 10 Immortal Film Performances

Remembering one of the most talented actors of his generation.

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Dave Swindle

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February 2, 2014 - 2:10 pm
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Generation X has lost another of its greatest acting talents. Academy Award-winning star Philip Seymour Hoffman is dead at 46.

What makes the news even more tragic is how predictable — and preventable — it was. When my wife told me the news while we were driving home from buying groceries at Ralph’s this morning I had only one question: “Was it drugs?”

He was found with a needle in his arm.

Here’s the blog post I wrote by hand in June last year:

Hoffman left behind some of the last two decades’ most incredible screen performances. Here are my [personal and biased] picks for the ones that have made him a Hollywood legend, immortal and iconic. Counting down to his most important work:

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Granted, neither of these were starring roles for him, but I always associate him with the crazy preacher in "Cold Mountain", and as Dusty in "Twister".

Fooood!
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One should not leave out "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead." He quite extraordinary in that....
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Top 3 not mentioned: Bad guy in Mission Impossible III, Charlie Wilson's War, and Moneyball.
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Didn't he play Mr Bell in Paper Chase. That is where I first remember him. I agree with other commentors that he was also very good in Twister and Charlie Wilsons War.
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It was not preventable because Hoffman did not want to prevent it. He wanted to die. But you liked his movies, so his avoidance of the personal responsibility you advocate is turned into some sort of preventable accident. He committed suicide.
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All suicides are preventable.
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Not all by means which are worth the price of the means. I wouldn't want an abject, stereotypical police state for the sake of preventing them.

And I think just such means might be required to prevent all such suicides.
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I disagree. Saying "all suicides are preventable" meaning "can be prevented" is not the same as "all suicides will be prevented" or "we can make some magic mechanism to prevent anyone from even attempting suicide."

I believe that suicide is just the last symptom of a physical/mental/spiritual disease that can be treated in all people with the proper combination of psychotherapy, drugs, and God. No super giant state is necessary to treat this disease and eventually eradicate it from the face of the earth. It will be cured as with all diseases -- with the continued development of scientific progress and cultural advancement.
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These are "immortal" movies? They will be forgotten in 50 years. Immortal lasts slightly longer than that. He will be forgotten far faster.
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Who do you regard as a better actor of his generation? And what do you regard as the best films of the last 20 years that will be immortal?
36 weeks ago
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I like to think he showed his comedic chops in "Along Came Polly"

Frankly, I enjoyed watching him work in any film.

Having seen the ill effects of heroin addiction 1st hand with a close relative, irresponsible does not begin to describe an addicts actions. Not making an excuse, just stating a fact.
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I thought his performance in Charlie Wilson's War was really top-notch.
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Sad that a gifted actor is gone. That he died with a heroin needle in his arm tempers my sympathy a bit. Stupid is as stupid does...
37 weeks ago
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Allow me to add some righteous indignation. He was found because he was supposed to be picking up his three kids and didn't show up.

Gee, what do I do. Pick up my kids or shoot some heroin?

Decisions decisions...
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I haven't seen any of the cited movies, either. I did see "Twister", though, and as far as I was concerned, he MADE that movie. His character was obviously eccentric, yet he was warm, with a great sense of humor. I am sorry,VERY sorry, that he is gone.
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On the above list I've only seen "Boogie Nights" and "Big Lebowski" and didn't care for either.

Hoffman was excellent in "Next Stop Wonderland," however; a movie that is still greatly under-appreciated, it seems to me.
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Watch both Boogie Nights and Big Lebowski again. They get better with repeat viewings if you don't get them the first time.
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