|Philip Seymour Hoffman (from IMDb)|
Anger. How could he be so stupid?! Selfish?! Leaving his three young children without a father and his partner without her partner?! It must have been accidental. But I don't really believe in accidents. Whatever happens, however large or small, has a purpose, a reason. It must have been Hoffman's time or he would not have gone. And that's no comfort at all.
So, I went to IMDb to look up his filmography and read his bio. Not surprised by the number of his movies that I'd seen and loved. He was the kind of actor who could capture the essence of a character to make him real. He was so unbelievably annoying as Freddy in The Talented Mr. Ripley that I wasn't particularly upset with what happened to him. His Truman Capote made me believe that he
|Hoffman as Capote (from IMDb)|
Addiction is a terrible thing. I had not known that Hoffman was a recovering alcoholic and had struggled with drug addiction in his early 20's, or that he'd relapsed and gone into rehab last year. Addiction seems like such a stupid thing for such a smart actor to get involved in, but addiction is an equal opportunity affliction. It can seduce anyone right into its depths. I wonder why, why had Hoffman relapsed? Why hadn't rehab worked for him? My thoughts and condolences are with his partner and their children today. What a dark time for them.
Hoffman left a lot of work for us to enjoy and celebrate. He had worked hard and often, whether in movies, on TV, or on stage. When Paul Newman passed on, I bought DVDs of the movies he'd done that were my favorites: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Hud, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Verdict. Of Hoffman's movies, I already own DVDs of Capote, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Cold Mountain. I won't be buying any others, I think, but I may rent others I've seen and could watch again to enjoy the work of this fine actor who succumbed to addiction all too soon.....