At a Loss

Inevitably you’ve heard that Philip Seymour Hoffman died yesterday. And like all of you, I’m sad. I’m also not feeling very articulate right now. There are many people who can write about his impressive career and talent better than me, so I’ll leave them to it. If you’re looking though, I thought these posts from Salon and The Atlantic were really good.

Happier times

Happier times

And I don’t feel like analyzing how the Mockingjay movies will be changed right now. My mind started going down that path and I realized how suddenly, the emotional weight that these films would have had just because of the STORY now have an added potency for the most awful of reasons. We can grapple with that later.

If you are anxious about the other ways it will affect the movies though, Lionsgate has released a statement on it.

Depending on your film-watching habits, you may have been familiar with his work prior to him gracing us with the performance of Plutarch Heavensbee. Or that role may be the your only experience viewing his work. Regardless, you saw in the outpouring of sorrow at the news yesterday that it’s clear that the man was respected by many and this is a tremendous loss. And we Hunger Games fans were lucky to have him as our Plutarch.

So what is left to say beyond that this is heartbreakingly sad? I don’t know. Instead, I’ll just leave you with this scene that I really love with him from Almost Famous.

 

Take care of yourselves.

JJ

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One comment

  1. You are absolutely right that his death will make the tragedy of the story in Mockingjay all that more real. For better or worse, they will be remembered as his last moments on film, similar to Heath Ledger in TDK, who also died too young in a similarly shocking manner. I know TDK wasn’t his Ledger’s last film, but its the last one anyone remembers him in, and the turmoil of the joker seemed, in retrospect, to match the inner turmoil of the actor. You are right to point out that like Plutarch, PSH was so much more than what we see on the surface. The franchise is honored to be a small part of his wonderful legacy.

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