Something has been gnawing at me about the unexpected death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, and I finally figured out what it was. Besides the fact that Mr. Hoffman was in his prime, and was able to bound back and forth from broadway to theatrical movies while receiving awards in both venues, there was something else that makes his loss deeply profound for the average movie goer who never met Mr. Hoffman but enjoyed his acting talent.
Maybe I am wrong, but it seems to me that Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of the most decorated actors of our time who did not rely on guns as part of his own acting persona. Sure Mr. Hoffman appeared in movies with guns, but Mr. Hoffman as I recall was never publicized for his gun play or action hero panache, yet his characters still had relevance to virtually every movie he appeared in.
This is such a blow to people who are tired of all the gun "play" in movies. It further is a blow because Mr. Hoffman was still in the prime of his movie career and would most likely have dazzled for the next couple of decades without the need to brandish a gun.
For those of you who thought you might grow old watching an actor who rarely if ever relied on guns for his characters to have importance, you have been robbed. For those of you about to hit 50 who are tired of seeing our favorite actors brandishing guns, your future movie going choices may have just become leaner because of the premature passing of Mr. Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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