Eerbetoon Cameron Crowe aan Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Het overlijden van Philip Seymour Hoffman was voor vele een donderslag bij heldere hemel. Het is inmiddels drie dagen nadat het nieuws naar buiten kwam. Op deze dag brengt regisseur Cameron Crowe, met wie Hoffman werkte aan Almost Famous (2000), een ode aan de acteur:

“My original take on this scene was a loud, late night pronouncement from Lester Bangs. A call to arms. In Phil’s hands it became something different. A scene about quiet truths shared between two guys, both at the crossroads, both hurting, and both up too late. It became the soul of the movie. In between takes, Hoffman spoke to no one. He listened only to his headset, only to the words of Lester himself. (His Walkman was filled with rare Lester interviews.) When the scene was over, I realized that Hoffman had pulled off a magic trick. He’d leapt over the words and the script, and gone hunting for the soul and compassion of the private Lester, the one only a few of us had ever met. Suddenly the portrait was complete. The crew and I will always be grateful for that front row seat to his genius.”

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