Philip Seymour Hoffman died today at the age of 46. It was a shock to many people around the world. It was a shock to me. I have only seen his movie work. Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of attending his stage work.
Actors are story tellers. Very good actors are capable of transforming themselves such that the audience notices the character being portrayed – brought to life – more than the actor portraying the character. It is a magical phenomenon. And it is rare. The skill can be nurtured and developed but only if it is there to begin with. You either have it or you don’t. Philip Seymour Hoffman had it. And his acting was magical. And I will miss him and his work dearly.