It’s been a week since Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death. In honor of the actor, easily one of the best of his generation, today’s question is what is you favorite performance by Hoffman?
Hoffman has so many fantastic performances under his belt. I think his best work was with frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson. His performance as the boom man who loves protagonist/adult film star Dirk Diggler helped him break out of the movie world and is astounding (check this AV Club article for some great analysis). He was also superb as the male nurse in Magnolia and the head of a phone sex line in Punch-Drunk Love. Neither are big roles but Hoffman steals every scene he’s in both.
As for his best, for me it’s The Master, which I also think is one of the best performances I’ve seen in the past decade. Hoffman plays Lancaster Dodd, the leader of a cult religion who takes estranged WWII veteran Freddy Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) under his wing. Whatever you think about The Master as a whole (and I’ve stated my love for the movie multiple times before and will continuously defend it), there’s no denying the strength of Hoffman’s presence.
But what about yourself?