Philip Seymour Hoffman: One Role He Could Not Master

Philip Seymour Hoffman
There are so many questions surrounding the alleged heroin overdose of Oscar award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The big question fans are searching the answer to, though, is “Why?” Here was a man who had achieved his childhood dream in an industry where most dreams are never realized and go to die.

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s mother exposed him to theater at a very young age and, from that point, he knew what he was meant to do. His many accolades document that Hoffman was talented. Watching him perform in such films as Twister, Boogie Nights, Mission: Impossible 3, Charlie Wilson’s War, Capote, Ides of March, Doubt, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, with the list continuing on, many were mesmerized by his ability to make the audience forget the actor and get lost in the life of the character on the big screen.

There are millions of talented actors, but only a handful are touched to make a career out of it. Less than a handful can make the masses love them. Philip Seymour Hoffman was loved and respected. Not only was he fortunate to achieve a successful career, his greatest achievement is his three children Tallulah, Cooper, and Willa – all under the age of 11. The big question still looms like a huge mystery over the death of this fortunate man.

It is disheartening, but seldom a shock, when it is reported that a person down on their luck has passed away of a drug overdose. The public is left speechless when a person who, at the top of their game, decides to go down the path of self-destruction. Philip Seymour Hoffman, reported CNN, was found dead on the bathroom floor of his Greenwich Village apartment with a syringe hanging from his arm. His long time partner MiMi O’Donnell was expecting Hoffman to come pick up their three children that Sunday morning. When he did not arrive, she asked David Katz to check on his friend. The report goes on to say authorities discovered close to 50 envelopes of what is believed to be heroin along with syringes and prescription drugs.

According to NBC News, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported heroin users doubled from 373,000 in 2007 to 669,000 in 2012. The heroin epidemic is rising and authorities are investigating the purity and the origin from which the possible new batch of heroin on the streets is coming from. Reports have tracked Hoffman’s phone calls leading up to the day of his death trying to find a link that will lead authorities to the individual(s) who allegedly sold Hoffman the drugs. Still, there are no answers as to why this accomplished man may have chosen this road. The fans may never know if childhood issues plagued Philip Seymour Hoffman or just the stress of success that would drive him to allegedly use drugs. He was able to successfully take on the emotional challenges of many characters, except for one.

The brilliant mystery behind a great actor is that they are magical at pretending. An actor can mask a darkness that is consuming him or her when the cameras stop rolling. It has been said that actors are people who are masters at channeling pain. Fellow actor John Leguizamo reported to the NY Daily News his last moments with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman was a week before his passing at the trendy Los Angeles Chateau Marmont. They discussed theater. Leguizamo reported Hoffman quoted Picasso to describe the craft, “ It’s like Picasso said, ‘I do the impossible because everybody else does the possible.’ Not saying that I’m Picasso, but theater is like doing the impossible.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman mastered and conquered every role he landed. The only role he might have found impossible to master was the role of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Editorial by Meleika Gardner

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