One of the many reasons the death of celebrity like Philip Seymour Hoffman is particularly difficult for the public is that most of us didn’t know him while he was alive through anything but his work. It’s easy to feel connected to a talented actor, but just as easy to feel helpless when and if a tragedy befalls them.
I still have no idea how to really move forward from Philip’s death in particular, but I’ve found that one of the things that helps me is listening to people who knew him talk about his life. Reading what fellow addict-in-recovery Aaron Sorkin had to say about the nature of addiction does a lot to reassure me that there was a real person behind the characters I got to know in the movies. And basically anyone talking about who he was and how he was gives me a measure of comfort.
It’s helpful to discover that he made a genuine mark on the people around him, even if I never got a chance to interact with him on a personal level, and nothing has illustrated that to me better than listening to what Amy Adams has to say on the subject. She worked with PSH in two separate films, Doubt and The Master, and her emotional words on Inside The Actors Studio bring you one step closer to knowing what an amazing man he truly was.
“Gosh I wish you all could get a chance to work with him. He was beautiful, he’s a beautiful spirit and he had this unique ability to see people. To really see them — not look through them. He just really saw people, and he will be missed. [...] I just really loved him, and I know so many people did, and I just don’t know how much more I can talk about it right now, sorry.”
It’s tough to hear stuff like that, and I can imagine it’s even tougher to say, but it’s important to remember the talented, genuine man behind the struggle with drugs. Thank you Amy, for sharing.