In the spotlight: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Since it’s Mr. Hoffman’s birthday today and a Happy Birthday that is, I decided to switch things up a bit and not review a movie, but an actor.

Although lately things have changed, he used to be the kind of actor that mostly got supporting roles and not leads, much like say Forest Whitaker.  Which was a crying shame if you ask me, because if you’ve seen Capote – for which he won an Oscar or the more recent Doubt, then you know the man’s a bloody good actor. I personally love him.

He’s terrific in any role he plays. He was compelling in Ides of March, next to Ryan Gosling and George Clooney, he was funny and entertaining and gave Doubt a sense of ambiguity without which it never would’ve been so succesful, he stole every scene he was in, in Charlie Wilson’s War and he was fascinating and magnificent in Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead.

In 2010 he also tried his hand at directing, debuting with the movie Jack Goes Boating, in which he also stars. Haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but it’s on my to-see list.

A truly versatile actor, if underrated. Or at least, used to be.

Oh, he’s officially joined the cast for The Hunger Games – Catching Fire as Plutarch Heavensbee so there you go, double the reasons to watch that particular movie.

A very Happy Birthday to Mr Hoffman!

Charlie Wilson’s War :

Doubt :


**I do not own the videos.


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