THE BEST OF PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
THE OSCAR-WINNER’S FINAL ON-SCREEN APPEARANCE IS IN THE SECOND INSTALMENT OF HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY. SHAME. SO TO CELEBRATE A MAN OF SUCH BRILLIANT ACTING ABILITY, WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE PERFORMANCES WE’D RATHER REMEMBER HIM BY.
Charlie Wilson’s War, 2007
His role as CIA operative Gust Avrakotos scored Hoffman another much-deserved Oscar nomination – Youtube the scene where he confronts Mad Men’s John Slattery in his office and you’ll understand why.
Boogie Nights, 1997
While Marky Mark’s giant prosthesis has been discussed at length, Hoffman’s part as closeted boom operator Scotty J is the real star of this film. Here, he shows an ability to play sad, desperate losers, better than anyone else. Ever.
The movie that won Hoffman his Oscar is a masterpiece, as is his interpretation of the writer. Listen to footage of the real Capote speaking and it’s clear the man deserved a trophy for nailing that alone.
Synecdoche, New York, 2008
Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut is a real mind-fuck of a film. But this much is clear: Hoffman is brilliant as struggling theatre director Caden Cotard, delivering one of the greatest turns of his career.
Middle America may have shunned this tightly-bound trip through shattered morals but it remains a Hoffman standout. As Allen, he’s a true deviant – with a beauty to the performance and his character’s ultimate desire for approval.
Mission: Impossible 3, 2006
This blockbuster is far from great, but Hoffman does all the heavy lifting. Playing ruthless arms dealer Owen Davian, he’s equal parts chilling and utterly enthralling.
The Master, 2012
He’s head of cultish group The Cause, which our lawyers tell us is definitely not based on Scientology. Pipped to a second statue by Christoph Waltz, Hoffman goes from great to gripping – culminating in him screaming “pig fuck” at a critic.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is in cinemas November 19