Sunday, February 02, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Life imitates art?

Philip Seymour Hoffman -- a great actor, an artist gifted with astonishing range -- was found dead today in New York, reportedly due to a drug overdose. And I must admit: My first thought was this scene from Sidney Lumet's final feature, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. A movie I know I'll never be able to view again without thinking about a brilliant light extinguished all too soon.

By the way, I would prefer to always remember Hoffman for this scene:

And, yes, of course, since it echoed the advice I once received from a long-departed friend and mentor, this one:

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