Another example of why Hoffman was one of the best actors in the business was Fugit’s memories of the iconic Cameron Crowe movie.
Cameron Crowe’s rock and roll odyssey »Almost knownAbout his golden days as a Rolling Stone reporter has only gotten better over time. The film turns 20 in September, and its wild shoot continues to produce fascinating stories from the cast and cast. This includes one of the stars of the film, Patrick Fugit, who plays Crowe’s surrogate character, William, and was only 16 when it was filmed.
In a recent Interview with Vulture with Fugit on the creation of “Almost famous”, a memory that stands out is its dynamic on the set with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who embodies the legendary musician Lester Bangs. Lester becomes William’s mentor and editor, and this on-screen mentorship also continued behind the scenes of the film.
“Philip was only there for a few days. He was another well-known theater actor with a lot of training, and he accepted me less than Billy [Crudup] was, “said Fugit.” They both gave me shit. They asked me, “How old are you still?” And I would say “16” and they would say “Fuck you, man. You are coming from Salt Lake City? Okay, great! What did you do there to win that share? But Philip was also kind of like, ‘Kid, you have a big role here. You have to show up for work. “You do your job well during your stay. Don’t just throw it away. There are actors who scratch, beg and starve for this kind of role.”
Fugit also recalled a dinner scene where a light on the set was too bright and hampered his performance. “Philip stops taking it and he thinks, ‘Hold on. Hey, Patrick, you can’t even look at me. You can’t even act right now. I have the impression that the light is too bright. “Hoffman convinced director of photography John Toll to dim the lights, but for Fugit, the moment has brought an important lesson for the young emerging actor. “I realized that Philip was defending me, but also pointing out that we may be close enough to court jesters and dancing monkeys, but if something bothers you, you have to say something,” said -he declares.
Fugit’s memory of his short period with Hoffman is the last sincere tribute to be paid to the late actor this year, like Jesse Plemons recently recalled Hoffman’s generosity and genius on the set of “The Master” by Paul Thomas Anderson and Ethan Hawke also said that Hoffman had given him best acting advice he never received while working on Sidney Lumet “Before the devil knows your dead.”