The tragic news broke this afternoon that Philip Seymour Hoffman has passed away. At this time he is believed to have died due to a drug overdose. The Academy Award winning actor for Capote (2005) was only 46 years of age.
His family released the following statement: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
Hoffman was a triple threat in Hollywood as that he could play hero, villain, and fool. It is an incredible shame as he clearly had many great performances ahead of him. Which brings us to what films Hoffman was working on. God’s Pocket was released in January and A Most Wanted Man has also been completed. Happyish (a TV series) is in post production right now for Showtime. The big dilemma for Lionsgate may lay in his role as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and 2. Part 1 is credited on IMDB as in post-production. Part 2 on the other hand, is currently filming.
Regardless of the stage of what film Hoffman was working on, a great actor has been lost. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hoffman family.