Sunday, February 2, 2014

Phillip Seymour Hoffman was a Real Person

Phillip Seymour Hoffman
By Davy V.

Oscar winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his Manhattan, NY apartment Sunday.

It is believed he died as a result of a drug overdose.

A native of Fairport, NY, just outside Rochester, Hoffman, won an Oscar for his role the 2005 film Capote.

One of my favorite Hoffman roles was as Freddy Lounds in the 2002 film Red Dragon, in the Hannibal Lecter series.

But what I liked most about Hoffman was the fact that he was a real person.

He was down to earth. 

Not pretentious.

Not arrogant.

When he won the Oscar, Phillip Seymour Hoffman exchanged high fives with people in his neighborhood.

Hoffman would walk his children to school.

Public school.

No entourage.

No big deal.

Just a dad walking his kids to school.

His neighbors didn't think of him as some big Hollywood celebrity.

Because he didn't act like one.

They considered him a regular guy.

Because he was.

In an entertainment world where attitudes, arrogance, arrests, and drama seem like the norm, Phillip Seymour a Hoffman was a welcomed change.

He was a real person.

And as a real person, he had real issues.

He was fighting his demons.

Among them, a drug addiction.

And yet, watching Hoffman on the big screen, one would never even know it.

Which is usually the case, when one fights the demons.

People don't suspect the pain the lies behind a smile.

May his death bring more awareness to the serious illness that drug addiction is.

Rest in peace Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Thank you for your great talent.

But most of all, thank you for being a real person.

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