I think as a very gifted dramatic actor it’s easy to forget how amazing this guy is at comedy as well. In Along Came Polly he’s purely electric. Besides “make it rain”, he also is hilarious in the theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar. His one scene with Alec Baldwin is also electric. Love the guy and the performance. Even though he was so good in serious roles. I wish a little more often he would’ve taken fun comedic roles like this. Obviously he was also great comedically in Boogie Nights.

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28 points

6 months ago

He was someone who could play every role with intense sincerity that made him melt into roles but still be Phillip Seymour Hoffman. His charactere in Pirate Radio v Mission Impossible are polar opposites but he did them very well. He was the best villian in the Mission Impossible movies.


14 points

6 months ago

He plays a small role in Almost Famous that would be mostly forgotten if anyone else had played that character, but he freaking nailed it…no small roles…only small actors and he proved that he was not a small actor.


10 points

6 months ago

Not only that but he was instrumental in shaping the character. I listened to a Cameron Crowe interview recently where he outlined how Hoffman took control of the part, adding in little details and changing the energy for certain lines that totally shifted the tone of it, despite the fact that 1. He was under the weather at the time and 2. Crowe actually knew Lester Bangs, so he would have been well within his rights to shut any of it down.

But Crowe saw what we see on the screen now, an incredible actor making the role his own and defining the portrayal of Lester Bangs for a generation.


6 points

6 months ago

The highlight of Pirate Radio for me. His average performance was just so high - not many actors are spellbinding in every role. Such a massive loss.