Friday, February 7, 2014

The Talented Mr. Hoffman

A sad day as the brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman was remembered at a private ceremony in Manhattan. I was always stunned by Hoffman's talent as an actor. He had such range, yet such a subtle touch in every role. I hate that we'll never see him create another ...

Hoffman's addiction to heroin has been widely written about, so I won't go into it here. Addiction is such a hard beast to slay, and heroin seems the worst of all. I had the sad honor of getting to know a group of people suffering from heroin addiction when I was working on an article about it many years ago. If you haven't read it, here's an earlier post I wrote in the wake of another actor's tragic death, The Opposite of Glee.

For some reason, this song has been going through my head since Mr. Hoffman's death: Vincent by Don McLean. Originally written about another troubled genius, Vincent Van Gogh, it still seems appropriate today. Whenever we lose someone like Mr. Hoffman, I always think 'this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.'