Friday, February 7, 2014


Eddie Marsan (left), Hoffman (middle standing) & Tom Cruise (right seated) in an intense scene in Mission Impossible 3

The world lost a great actor on Sunday. Philip Seymour Hoffman died at the age of 46 in his apartment in New York City of a drug overdose, according to police.

SWATH's Eddie Marsan and Sam Claflin have recently worked with Hoffman.  Both have commented about Hoffman's loss.

@samclaflin PSH - I am genuinely shocked, saddened and speechless. A truly wonderful man, with a magical touch. My hero. Thoughts are with his family.

More after the jump

Claflin and Hoffman starred together in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. Claflin is currently filming the final film Mocking Jay where Hoffman has a major role. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hoffman had one major scene left to film.  THR reports that "a source" with "ties to the project" says that it is possible to get around his scene by utilizing edits and digital methods. 

MI3 scene with Marsan and Hoffman

Marsan worked with Hoffman in Mission Impossible 3 and as recently in God's Pocket which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. 

Marsan gave a heart-felt tribute to Hoffman in an article he wrote for the Telegraph UK in 2011.  

"There are three kinds of actors. There are those who always play the same roles, but do it believably. The second kind are actors who play different roles, but you can see the cogs working while they create them. The best actors are the third kind, those who can create any character and do it with ease. That’s the sort of actor Philip Seymour Hofman is. He does the work of creating a character, but he looks totally natural.

West Coast American actors want to be film stars before they want to be actors, so their process is all about “put the camera on me, and I’ll be thinking about this and you’ll see it”. Hoffman is from the East Coast, though, and that isn’t how he works. East Coast actors have the West Coast’s freedom, but without the self-indulgence. East Coast actors have the discipline of British actors: they serve the text and the story, not themselves.

The first movie I saw Hoffman in was Love Liza [2002], written by his brother. It’s about a guy whose wife has died: she’s left a suicide note, but he can’t read it. It’s a beautiful film and Hoffman gives a great performance: funny, sad and poignant. He’s also incredible in Capote. It’s that level of acting that impresses me. I worked with Hoffman on Mission: Impossible III [2006], and it was great fun. He’s like a musician who’s been doing it for 20 years and who knows how to hit the right notes at the right moment.

Acting is a very technical thing, but it mustn’t appear to be technical. That’s what Philip Seymour Hoffman does, and it’s what makes him great."

Truer words have never been spoken.

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