One of my favorite stories about Philip Seymour Hoffman is from Pirate Radio. Granted it’s not his most notable role or even his best one, but it’s one that I enjoyed immensely from him.
Chris O’Dowd tells the story of this scene, where a stuntman standing in for Philip had to jump from the mast of the ship into the ocean. One of the stuntmen said it was the highest jump he’d ever done in his career. So Philip was there all da shooting his parts for his scene, and the producer told him that he was done for the day and that he could go back to shore while they continued filming the stuntman. His reply was, “I’m not going home until my guy gets out of the water.”
This is the way I choose to remember Philip Seymour Hoffman. He struck me as a real rock star of an actor. Even though he wasn’t known as the leading man type, nor did he fit the bill for a typical leading man, he carried himself in his roles with a confidence and gravitas that more often than not, stole the show. – Arianny Pilarte