Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman Role

I was browsing Facebook before the Super Bowl on Sunday when I saw Huffpo’s breaking news post about Philip Seymour Hoffman. Like most people, I entered a state of shock upon seeing this news. I remember when he opened up about his addiction a few years ago. He was such an amazing actor, dedicated to his craft like not many others. Everyone has their favorite movie of his. 

He might not have always been the star of the movie, but he shined through in everything he did. My favorite parts of his were probably Brandt in The Big Lebowski and Lester Bangs in Almost Famous. Neither role was close to the top billing, but both made the movie better.

The world sucks sometimes, and losing Philip to his demons is shitty. We, as consumers of mass media, will still have his craft to look upon at any time. We still get to see the brightness he brought to the world.

Which is your favorite role of Mr. Hoffman? Which brought brightness to your life?

By Alyson

Queer Pop Culture Junkie in the Northwest. Addicted to Coffee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fantasy Sports, The Mountain Goats, and Tottenham Hotspur.

5 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman Role”

I was always in love with his speaking voice and intelligence. He had such a beautiful cadence and way of pronouncing and phrasing words. It’s so hard to pick a favorite role, though I especially loved him in Synecdoche, New York; Almost Famous; Capote; and Pirate Radio/The Boat That Rocked (the latter because though it wasn’t a particularly good movie, he was obviously having so much fun). And YES on Doubt. I remember telling someone after I saw it, “Philip Seymour Hoffman needs another Oscar just for existing.”

The first movie I recognized PSH as someone I should probably recognize was in Doubt. He was so good at not being the good or bad guy. I’d never seen any actor who could leave you hanging that way before. And anyone who can hold their own against Meryl Streep is amazing in my book. After that, I sought him out.

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