Philip Seymour Hoffman Vs Leonardo DiCaprio Drugs in the Talent Pool

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death was a sad wake up call to all of those young adults in Hollywood who are experimenting with drugs. The untimely death of Hoffman, and other stars like Cory Montieth, may also serve the same purpose to the rest of the world.

It was known for many years that Hoffman was battling with addiction but his castmates and co-workers had seemed to think he had everything under control. Hoffman had been in and out of rehab many times which is not uncommon for heroin addicts. The reality is that relapse occurs all too often, and not just with talented artists.

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Hollywood’s most prestigious actors. His performance this year in Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street, captures DiCaprio playing the part of Jordan Belfort, who is a drug obsessed money making machine.

As convincing as DiCaprio’s performance is, he is not one of those talented actors who has turned to drugs in a time of stress. One would be surprised at how convincing he plays an addict though, especially when he and actor Jonah Hill fumble on the kitchen floor and fall all over each other, breaking things after they have ingested some expired Quaaludes that surprisingly still pack an intense punch.

In an interview with the LA Times, DiCaprio has stated that he has never tried drugs. “Never done it,” he says. DiCaprio goes on to tell the story of how he grew up seeing drugs everywhere when he was just four years old, and how that has really turned him off from any temptation.

DiCaprio continued to tell a story of how he would witness drugs being passed around when he was a young teen in L.A., saying “Hollywood is a very volatile place.” He also mentioned that in his own experience what he saw was young artists and actors coming into a new and exciting environment and getting discouraged by rejection, making them vulnerable to peer pressure. “We’ve seen a lot of people fall victim to that, and it’s very unfortunate” He says.

It is no doubt that Hoffman was one of the greatest actors that people have had the pleasure of watching on the big screen. Like DiCaprio, Hoffman began acting as a teenager, yet his substance abuse problem only started after college when he was in his early 20’s. Hoffman was found dead in his home by his longtime friend and screen writer David Bar Katz.

DiCaprio turned to acting to get away from the public school system that seemed to be the wrong fit for the boy. He begged his mother to take him to acting classes. He knew it was what he wanted to do. He was impressed by the landscape in L.A. and how its beauty was inspiring him, rather than where he lived, which he says had a “prostitution ring on my street corner.”

One can see how very different people, both so talented can deal with their surroundings. Reports of actors and singers falling victim to the pressures in their life by turning to drugs, is something people hear about all too often. Some actors like DiCaprio prove that talent does not equal a susceptibility to drug use, or even a predisposition. What Hoffman suffered from was a tricky disease. People can rise above their situation however, and create what they feel they deserve.

Editorial by Katie Sevigny


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7 Responses to "Philip Seymour Hoffman Vs Leonardo DiCaprio Drugs in the Talent Pool"

  1. angelo   February 9, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    To much time between movies and nothing else to do. So they get high till the next movie, that is if they make it to the next movie. Too much money.

  2. mary boss (@bossystarr)   February 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    yeah, from what i’ve heard LDC is too busy being a sex addict to take on the drugs.

  3. Umberto Cumberto   February 9, 2014 at 1:11 am

    DiCaprio stayed away from illegal drugs sure, but smoked cigarettes like there was no tomorrow. That was the addiction he “chose” (for lack of a better word). Like someone mentioned below, an addiction acts the same way on any human brain, whether the addiction is legal stimulants, sexual relief, or illegal drugs. The addiction(s) we choose is something based on so many varying factors that to break it down to a simple “you should just rise above temptation” is taking an ignorant stance. It’s like being as shallow as telling someone who just experienced a loss, “you just need to get over it.” There are so many factors with regards to how and where an individual is raised, what they see and the consequences and/or benefits of those actions they see, and countless other variables that it’s not black and white. Otherwise it’d be as simple of a choice as choosing not to kill another human or any of the other sins 95% of us choose not to do. We all have our addictions. Think about the EXACT reasons that brought about your addiction(s) and if you can in all honesty do that, then MAYBE you can BEGIN to discuss why we make that choice.

  4. Robert Townsend   February 8, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Philip was the best actor of all time he will be missed

  5. S & Ebert   February 8, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    U mean they weren’t just great people with an awful habit!!! Shame on u simpleton’s. We all have addictions, some are just more socially acceptable. Same reaction to the brain…

  6. Jack   February 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Everyone has a brain. And at the end of the day, so to speak, everyone has a choice to use it for right or wrong. The decision is left ultimately to each of us.

  7. english bob   February 8, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    here is the thing- shooting heroin ( or even smoking heroin) is not really experimenting with drugs. it is russian roulette.

    booze is a hard drug, cocaina, meth, and the big silent fiend is perscription drug abuse.

    we all like to feel good- but if you are dancing with any of the above mentioned drugs- even those prescribed for you ( painkillers) you can be in trouble quickly.

    Philip Hoffman ‘s dance ended tragically but predictably… another fat boy who’s self image became a self loathing..probably somehwat like Chris Farley- and finally death was the only relief.

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