Tragic news: Philip Seymour Hoffman died earlier this morning, found in his New York apartment with a hypodermic needle in his arm. I’ve long been a fan of Hoffman, who has exhibited a career of brilliance, from his multiple collaborations with Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights) to his Oscar winning performance in Capote. He was one of the best and boldest actors working today, with a variety of films under his belt that show how impressive his resume is.
Hoffman had the ability to vitalize any character he played with a strong personality, such as the menacing yet inviting Lancaster Dodd of The Master (see the clip above to watch part of his amazing performance). A talent like Hoffman rarely comes by and he will surely be missed.