Philip Seymour Hoffman: He was perhaps the most ambitious and admired American actor of his generation. “He was the actor’s actor” says his friend Donovan Leitch. Regardless of the film he was in, or what stage he performed on, it was impossible to not be haunted by the characters he portrayed: the nurse in “Magnolia”, the tortured sound man in “Boogie Nights”, the rich snob in “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. Philip Seymour Hoffman did not only act, he seemed to become one with his roles.
When he died of a drug overdose in 2014, the world was shocked. He was found dead in his bathroom, a needle in his left arm. Only a handful of people even knew that he was struggling to get clean since a few months ago.
The documentary traces Philip Seymour Hoffman’s life and gives an in-depth view on some of his most tremendous roles. Friends, colleagues, film critics and his former teachers have their say. They recall his witty humor, his fearlessness and vulnerability, his ambition and his generational talent.