Nearly three weeks after the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, it’s still difficult to grasp that we’re living in a world where he’s no longer able to grace the screen with his presence. His filmography is so wide, his impact so lasting that it’s difficult to name a performer in recent memory with a comparable track record. Hoffman’s friends and fellow artists certainly think so: not long after his “The Talented Mr. Ripley” co-star Cate Blanchett dedicated her BAFTA win to Hoffman, his friend and frequent collaborator Amy Adams has paid tribute to the late actor on her appearance this week on “Inside the Actors Studio,” taped three days after Hoffman’s passing.
Adams had worked alongside Hoffman three times, in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Doubt,” and “The Master,” and was slated to co-star with Jake Gyllenhaal in Hoffman’s sophomore directorial effort, “Ezekiel Moss.” In the clip from “Inside the Actors Studio” below, she tearfully speaks of Hoffman’s now-legendary graciousness and talent. “Gosh, I wish you all could get a chance to work with him,” she said to the crowd of young actors. “The things that I value about actors — there’s talent, there’s skill, but without work ethic, without that generosity of spirit to take people with you on your brilliant journey that you take… I’s transformative.”
It’s a difficult video to watch, with even the superhumanly calm and measured Lipton seeming a bit shaken by the loss of Hoffman, but it’s further proof of Hoffman’s profound affect on those who worked with him. [Via The Playlist]