Philip Seymour Hoffman
7/23/1967 – 2/2/2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment today. I first heard the stunning news from Brandi, who sent me a text lamenting the loss of our favorite actor. He flew to the top of my list in 1999 after my mom and I sat in the theater riveted by his performance in The Talented Mr. Ripley. If he appeared in a film I would see it…even if his presence was the only factor piquing my interest. Lionsgate Studio accurately classified him as “a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation.” The impressive body of work he leaves behind serves as a testament to his brilliance as an actor– such shockingly diverse roles– and his uncanny ability to completely embody those characters.
Learning that he died from a heroin overdose devastated me. I knew struggled with addiction; he entered rehab last year after more than two decades of sobriety. Yet it’s always a punch in the gut to hear of another life lost to drugs. We hear of celebrity overdoses in the news because these figures are often household names– but what about the 100 other individuals who died today as a result of drug toxicity? How many more people have to die before our society changes the way we handle substance abuse?
“One person’s religion is another person’s cult.”
“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”
“Life’s pretty funny when you’re objectively on the outside looking at it.”