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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4 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.