Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s emotional vulnerability is often what made him such a spellbinding actor. His commitment to owning and living in those truths is what made him an icon gone far too soon.
Never before have the actor’s mastery of the complexities of human emotion more evident than in Blank on Blank’s latest animated video installment, featuring Hoffman in conversation with Simon Critchley from December 22, 2012. To call it worth your time would be an understatement.
Despite the sadness permeating the conversation at hand — coupled with the fact that Hoffman lost his life to the darker impulses he makes reference to — it is clear that the actor was an optimist and uplifted by his handle on reality. Both fully aware of his excess and impulses (and what it takes to control them), while simultaneously longing for that lack of control and understanding, Hoffman’s thoughtfulness on the matter cannot be understated. It’s poignant, sad, uplifting, and funny: everything we’ve come to expect and love from the actor.