Watch: Philip Seymour Hofman in 'A Most Wanted Man' Featurette
by Ethan Anderton
July 18, 2014
Next week, one of just two more performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman arrives in theaters in Anton Corbijn's quiet, stirring spy thriller A Most Wanted Man. We've already seen the great trailer (I saw the film at Sundance and loved it), but now we get a look behind the scenes, where we get to enjoy what little unseen footage we have of Hoffman still alive and making great movies. TIME debuted the featurette, and in it we also learn that Corbijn wanted Hoffman, before he passed away, to have a role in his forthcoming film Life starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, but we'll never see it happen now. At least we get to enjoy this fantastic performance from an actor who is missed more everyday. Watch below!
Here's the new featurette for Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, originally from TIME:
There's an awesome piece from A Most Wanted Man author John Le Carre about Philip Seymour Hoffman, talking about the time he spent with him on set, and his view on life. Le Carre says, "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; or if the mood took him, hugged you to him like a big, pudgy schoolboy, then stood and beamed at you while he took stock of the effect." Read more right here.
A Most Wanted Man is directed by Anton Corbijn (The American) and written by Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness), based on John Le Carre's novel of the same name. German spy Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is tracking down Issa, a suspicious Chechen-Russian immigrant. Pressured by his colleagues to capture and interrogate his suspect as a Muslim terrorist, Bachmann instead asks for more time to carefully track Issa’s movements and his relationship with his German immigration lawyer, Annabel Richter. Using his secret contacts and keen skill, Bachmann uncovers a connection between a world-renowned Muslim philanthropist and a terrorist group and devises a brilliant ploy to expose the scheme. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and Lionsgate releases the film on July 25th.