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PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN was most recently seen in Cameron Crowe's upcoming film
as Lester Bangs, the legendary, extremely influential rock critic who wrote for
Creem Magazine. Bangs was an idol and mentor to many, including Crowe.
Prior to that, Hoffman spent six months on Broadway in the latest production of
Sam Shepard's 'True West,' for which he was nominated for a Tony Award in dual
roles. Last winter, he was seen in three films: starring opposite Robert DeNiro
in Joel Schumacher's Flawless (for which he received a SAG nomination for
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role), alongside Matt Damon
and Gwyneth Paltrow in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley, and
with Tom Cruise and Jason Robards in Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia.
Hoffman received the National Board of Review's Best Supporting Actor Award for
his work in both Magnolia and The Talented Mr. Ripley. He previously appeared in
both of Anderson's earlier films, Boogie Nights and Hard Eight.
His other film credits include: Todd Solondz's Happiness (for which he was
nominated for an IFP/West Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor),
Patch Adams, the Coen brothers'
The Big Lebowski, Brad Anderson's
Wonderland, Jan De Bont's
Twister, Scent of a Woman, Nobody's Fool, The Getaway
When a Man Loves a Woman. His stage work includes Defying Gravity
at the American Place Theatre, 'The Merchant of Venice,' directed by Peter
Sellars and the off-Broadway production of Mark Ravenhill's 'Shopping and
Fucking.' This summer Hoffman directed the play 'Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train,'
written by Stephen Adly Guiregis, for his New York based theater company
LAByrinth. This is Hoffman and Guiregis' second project together-last summer
they collaborated on 'In Arabia We'd All Be Kings,' which Hoffman also directed
for the company.
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