You may or may not have heard but the actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman died today at the age of forty-six. According to sources he was found dead in his apartment with a hypodermic needle in his arm, suggesting some form of drug overdose
I’m trying not to be sappy with this, but it’s hard not to be when such a talented actor dies before his time. Indeed, being in such in large category of films including Boogie Nights, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Punch Drunk Love, Red Dragon, Capote (for which he won an Oscar), Charlie Wilson’s War, The Master and The Hunger Games franchise, to name but a few, it’s such a terrible loss to the acting world to lose such a great talent.
He was due to portray Plutarch Heavensbee in the final part of The Hunger Games franchise in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, and it remains unclear as to what will happen to the part due to his untimely death. However Lionsgate have recently revealed that all the Hoffman’s scenes for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 have been completed and is due for release for November this year.
He leaves behind a body of work for us to remember him fondly by and for generations to come to find greatness in his acting abilities. Also, needless to be said, our sympathies are with his family.
Cheerio then Hoffman. You will be missed.