trouble

Philip Seymour HoffmanWhenever I hear of an artist dying, somewhere within those first few moments of disbelief my mind takes me straight to the fact that they will no longer be able to do “their thing” and we will never see them in another movie or play, hear another song, see another photograph etc. Every time I see something about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing it’s hard for me to grasp that he is gone. I took these photos of him while covering the 2009 Writer’s Guild East Awards Ceremony where Mr. Hoffman was presenting John Patrick Shanley, the author of Doubt, with an award.  Before presenting Shanley with his award, Hoffman stood at the back of the theater about ten feet away from me. I’m never interested in meeting famous people but I remember wanting to quietly tell him that his performance in Synecdoche, New York was brilliant and that the movie made quite an impression on me, (the type of movie you think about for days after seeing).  We exchanged glances a few times but ultimately I decided to be respectful of his space and not approach him. Regardless, out of all of the celebrities there that evening it didn’t matter to me, as far as I was concerned I was in the presence of one of the greatest actors of all time.  We are fortunate to have had him for the few years we did  but I must say that it is so fucking sad to think of someone so talented and so loved dying alone, ultimately killed by the demons he’s battled for many years.  I keep thinking of the song “Trouble” by Cat Stevens and the 2008 New York Times Magazine profile of Hoffman where he said, “and I put on the Cat Stevens song, ‘Trouble.’ You know, ‘Trouble set me free.’ What a great song! I had forgotten. A lot of times, a song will let you down halfway through, but that song is great to the very end.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman

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