Boogie nights, The master, and The talented Mr. Ripley would still be great movies without Philip Seymour Hoffman. Maybe not as great, but still great. The same cannot be said of Along Came Polly, a bad movie I like and have seen about 26 times since the scene where PSH shouts “rain!” while playing basketball. It’s cinema, friends.
Seymour Hoffman is on the list of greatest actors of all time (he is even great when he is the background), so if he was giving advice, other actors would listen to him. When asked in a recent interview with Canoe to share the “best advice” he ever received, Ethan Hawke (a very good actor himself!) shared something that Seymour Hoffman said to him:
“Philip Seymour Hoffman said that you have to do this work and keep a sense of humor, that we are just a group of children playing. It’s all a blunder. But also, treat it like life and death and a game that matters. If you can hold these two truths at the same time, you can really have an interesting career. “
Seymour Hoffman followed his own advice because he had an interesting career, ranging from the Oscars to Hood and Doubt big budget franchises (Mission: Impossible III and The hunger Games) at… this scene of Happiness. You know that one.
Good advice from a great actor.