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.

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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.

Capote, 2005

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.

Hap­pi­ness, 1998

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

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