I met Philip Seymour Hoffman when I was a teenager. Not in person, but watching “Scent of a woman”. That was the first time I saw his work.
After that, I found him playing supporting roles but when he came on screen, I had the feeling that he was the main character. Twister, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Patch Adams, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Red Dragon, among others, keep consolidating his career.
In 2005 he won the Oscar for best actor for Truman Capote. His performance as the American writer gave him another 22 awards and it is ranked #35 on the 100 Greatest Performances of All Time by the Premiere Magazine. His successful career continued improving with Doubt and Hunger Games. His versatility gave him the recognition as one of the finest actors, on both screen and stage.
I felt the same kind of surprise that I had felt when I knew about him, when received the notice that his promising career was over. On February 2nd, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in New York. According to the first versions from officers and media, the cause is overdose. That shoked me more.
Hoffman is not the first young actor (he was 46) who dies from overdose. And I don´t think that he is the last, either. But every time such a thing happens, I can not avoid concern. Is this a kind of message that fame and money do not result in happiness? I truly believe that but I would like to get further.
Could we stop young deaths and help them quit drugs? Not only from actors or recognised persons, but from every young person everywhere.