Philip Seymour Hoffman on Happiness in Newly Released Interview
It's been just four months since we lost the incomparable Philip Seymour Hoffman. Even as I look back at the tribute that poured from my mind after his death, it's difficult to believe that he's still gone. The man was my favorite actor and at least once a week I'm reminded of one of his films, and immediately become filled with momentary sadness because of his eternal absence. But he lives on in the movies we loved, and now we get the chance to dive deeper into the mind of the great actor in an interview that is heartbreaking in hindsight. PBS Digital Studio's "Blank on Blank" just released a previously unaired, animated interview segment with Hoffman where he talks about happiness in his life. It's kind of difficult to sit through. Watch!
Here's the "Blank on Blank" interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman from PBS Digital Studios:
Here's the longer 45-minute talk with Simon Critchley that is also worth listening to (via Larry Wright):
Some of what Hoffman says here gave me chills, knowing that he ended up dying from a vice that he indulged too much in after going so long without it. But at the same time, it gives hope that we can all find out own happiness, and be self-aware enough to know when something truly makes us happy. Hoffman can be seen in God's Pocket right now, and also in the forthcoming thriller A Most Wanted Man hitting theaters this summer. His final performance will be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I this fall. This great actor will continue to inspire many for years to come and his family, friends and fans still miss him.