In Memoriam: Philip Seymour Hoffman
"A lot of actors act intelligent, but Philip was the real thing: a shining, artistic polymath with an intelligence that came at you like a pair of headlights and enveloped you from the moment he grabbed your hand, put a huge arm round your neck and shoved a cheek against yours."
John le Carré, author of A Most Wanted Man, crafts a beautiful portrait of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in this delightful New York Times article. Hoffman was renowned for his raw, compelling performances that captured the essence of human nature, bringing pathos to unsavory characters and showing the audience a piece of themselves in the movies.
For more information on Hoffman's work and influences, check out the great article at the above link.