Philip Seymour Hoffman just left rehab. He was there because he had substance abuse problems. After twenty three years he couldn’t suppress his urges anymore, and gave into pain killers. After awhile of abusing those he slid back into the habit of snorting heroin. This lasted only for a week, and he quickly realised he should get help. He did stay only 10 days in the detox facility when 30 days are customary. He cited his family, and close friends as the reason of reaching out, and asking for help because Philip Seymour Hoffman realised he did have substance abuse problems.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is not really famous for his troubled private life. Almost nobody knew that he had substance abuse problems. The public knows him best as Capot,e and the political genius who tricks Ryan Gosling, and wants to harm George Clooney in The Ides of March. Seymour always plays characters who are complex, layered, anti hero or just plain villains. Most of them have issues with alcohol, but almost none of the characters have issues with drugs.
Now that he is released from rehab, he will head over to Europe to finish filming for the widely popular The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Philip Seymour Hoffman will star in the new instalment of The Hunger Games. He will play the character,Plutarch Heavensbee. Plutarch is the successor of Seneca Crane, the head Game maker.
This Heavensbee is just as calculating, as Seneca Crane used to be. During the trailer Seymour Hoffman says, as his character Plutarch: ‘ I agree she should die, but in the right way. At the right time. Katniss Everdeen is a symbol. We don’t have to destroy her, just her image. Show them that she’s one of us now. Let them rally behind that. They’re gonna hate her so much they just might kill her for you.’ This in response to President Snow‘s question: ’She’s not who they think she is. She just wants to save her skin. It’s as simple as that. She has become a beacon of hope for them. She has to be eliminated. What do you think?’
During the movie Philip Seymour Hoffman character will become commander of the rebel forces of District 13. Jennifer Lawrence will once again reprise her role of Katniss Everdeen. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released in November.
However the question on everybody’s mind must be, why did Philip Seymour Hoffman go back to using drugs again?
Why did he once again have substance abuse problems?
His private life hasn’t always been perfect, but he is together with costume designer Mimi O’Donnell, and they have three children together. One son, and two daughters. Surely this situation provides him with stability and regularity. He is also very much loved, and not only by the public. For example iconic Elvis had problems coping with fame, and the, in his opinion, never lasting love of the public. (Ironically he is one of the stars that is still famous to this day, and loved by people who hadn’t even been born at the time that he was alive.)
For Elvis this was reason enough to take drugs in order to cope with these anxieties. A younger star and less iconic than either Elvis or Seymour also coped with substance abuse problems: Brittany Murphy. A great looking gal, funny and all around sweetheart. Unfortunately she had inner demons, eating issues, and finally died of pneumonia which is very strange because she was so young. Theories are now that the drug use, and eating issues might have had something to do with it. Apart from these tragedies one immediately thinks about super hunks River Phoenix, and Heath Ledger. Both of them were plagued by dark thoughts and the troubles they had coping with these issues.
Hopefully Philip Seymour Hoffman has truly conquered his substance abuse problems and we can give him back his normal position of quirky, yet amazingly talented Academy Award winning actor.
By Georgina Pijttersen