Quite literally one of the finest, most astonishing, most fearless actors of our time or any other. I just watched him in his expertly wretched turn as the toady, grotesque, pretentious Freddy in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” not two nights ago…and was stunned anew at his nuanced brilliance. There are MANY celebrities and movie stars out there today, clotting up our cultural consciousness with their vapid visages — but SO FEW real actors. Hoffman was a REAL ACTOR.
Like many extraordinary creatives, he both battled AND danced with his demons. From what I am hearing, he had lately been dancing. May he now find the peace in death that so ruthlessly evaded him in life.
Such a tragic loss to us all, but most of all to his partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and three young children. My thoughts and prayers are with them today as the hopes, wishes, dreams, disappointments, scrutiny, and compassion of the entire planet bears down on their little family. May they find peace, as well, with what is left behind.
Requiescat in Pace, Philip Seymour Hoffman.