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The Velvet Onion would like to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who passed away this weekend aged 46.
An acting powerhouse whose glittering career has led to so many different ‘Top Ten Performances’ lists, Hoffman’s sole connection to TVO came with his central role as The Count in Richard Cutis’ 2009 comedy The Boat That Rocked alongside our very own Chris O’Dowd, Katherine Parkinson, and in a deleted sequence, Rich Fulcher.
Yet his legacy left a resounding impact on our regulars, and the team here, with masterful performances in productions as diverse as The Savages, Synecdoche New York, Boogie Nights, Mary And Max, A Late Quartet, The Hunger Games and The Big Lebowski.
In 2010, he also directed the feature film Jack Goes Boating, in which he also starred, and frequently directed theatre productions even in the later years of his life. He had almost completed shooting on the final Hunger Games movie at the time of his death, has two other movies in the can for release this year and was about to start work on a new television comedy Happyish following a pilot episode filmed last year with Hedwig & The Angry Inch director John Cameron Mitchell.
Naturally, his work has inspired generations of performers and will continue to do so for decades to come. This includes a number of TVO regulars who publicly expressed their shock and grief at his untimely passing.
Steve Coogan led public tributes at the London Critics’ Circle Awards last night, stating: “There are actors and there are movie stars and sometimes they’re both but he was an actor first and a movie star second. He did some tremendous work. People have different opinions about actors but you wouldn’t find anybody who would have a bad word to say about any of his performances – they were all incredibly nuanced.”
In the Twittersphere, more TVO regulars shared their views, which we have collated below.
Rest in peace, Mr Hoffman. You will be missed.