Producer
Director
Matthias Schmidt
Producer
16:9 HDTV
Genre
Doku-Reihe
Broadcaster
arte
Length
1 x 52'
Editor
Year
2015
TOO young TO DIE
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of the best and most versatile character actors of his generation. Without trying, he steals the show from the big stars in whose shadow he plays: whether Tom Cruise in "Magnolia", Al Pacino in "The Scent of Women" or Robert de Niro in "Flawless". Always his performance remains in the minds of the audience. He doesn't just act, he literally melts into the roles. He shows his versatility in more than 50 films. And he is also considered one of the best on Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre. He was nominated for an Oscar four times and won it once. Hoffman is "on top". Apparently.

On 2 February 2014, the 46-year-old is found dead in his flat in New York - with a needle in his arm. Died of a heroin overdose. The news of his death is a shock. Hardly anyone knew that he was a drug addict and had tried in vain to get clean through rehab only a few months before.

The documentary "TOO young TO DIE: Philip Seymour Hoffman - All Actor" tells the story of the extraordinary actor. The film follows him from his first steps as an actor in the high school auditorium to his greatest successes on Broadway and in front of the Hollywood cameras. Friends, colleagues, film critics and teachers remember his clever humour, his unpretentiousness and his fearlessness on stage. Even as a 14-year-old, Hoffman played the role of Willy Loman from "Death of a Salesman" so convincingly that the audience felt transported to another world, says Hoffman's teacher Midge Marshall. Thirty years later, Hoffman is a world star, but he shuns the media hype and the flurry of flashbulbs. Only on the film set and on stage is he in his element. He demands everything of himself to be as believable as possible in the roles. Hoffman is so successful that he becomes a world star. The star he did not want to be.

TOO young TO DIE: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of the best and most versatile character actors of his generation. Without trying, he steals the show from the big stars in whose shadow he plays: whether Tom Cruise in "Magnolia", Al Pacino in "The Scent of Women" or Robert de Niro in "Flawless". Always his performance remains in the minds of the audience. He doesn't just act, he literally melts into the roles. He shows his versatility in more than 50 films. And he is also considered one of the best on Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre. He was nominated for an Oscar four times and won it once. Hoffman is "on top". Apparently.

More films