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Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

 

  1. Donnie Wahlberg, Ransom, 1996. Hoffman and Jack Black were in the mix. The usually more sensible director Ron Howard preferred Wahlberg as Cubby Barnes, one of the three kidnappers of multi-millionaire Mel Gibson’s daughter, who… well, you the rest! Probably, the idea was not to tale any shine off Gibson.
  2. Samuel L Jackson, Unbreakable, 2000.    For his follow-up to the almighty Sixth Sense, new (15 minute) wunderkind M Night Shyamalan was thinking of Phil for  the guy seeking help (for a mysterious bone disease) from the unbreakable Bruce Willis. The role became more verbose... and Sam is a Willis pal.
  3. Bob Balaban, Lady in the Water, 2005.       And for his seventh fantasy, director M Night Shyamalan finally included some humour such as Balaban’s film critic from Hell - he can't be pleased and insists there is no originality in Hollywood.
  4. Ethan Hawke, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, 2006.       New York director Sydney Lumet sent the script to Phil - - giving him the choice of which of Albert Finney’s sons to play. Hoffman  chose Andy (and his bed action with Marisa Tomei ) over Hank in, alas, Lumet’s final film. 
  5. Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship, 2009.    Alec Baldwin, Russell Crowe and Tim Robbins were also trying to be President Bill Clinton opposite Michael Sheen’s third outing as UK Premier Tony Blair in a Peter Morgan scenario.
  6. Ewan McGregor, The Ghost Writer, 2009.     “I was uneasy at having an American play a British writer,” said British writer and scenarist Robert Harris,“but grateful that at least the film would be made.”  What, even  as this incredibly void affair by Roman Polanski?
  7. Kevin Spacey, Horrible Bosses, 2010.     Jeff Bridges, Tom Cruise, and the other Hoffman (Dustin) were  also in  the frame for Jason Bateman’s supercilious sadist employer - one of three bosses from hell, targets of a hit man hired by disgruntled workers in this  masculine take on Nine To Five.
  8. Morgan Freeman, Now You See Me, 2012.      And now you don’t… Change of Thaddeus Bradley for French realisateur Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans) as the FBI and Interpol try to snare some - here’s a first - illusionist bank robbers!
  9. Vincent Cassel, Child 44, 2013.      First film of of Tom Rob Smith’s trilogy about Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), a disgraced MGB agent turned Moscow cop  - before, during and after Stalin.   And then, alas, Phil OD’ed…   Producer Shalom Auslander issued a statement about his friend. . “This planet is no damned place to have a heart, and Phil had the biggest, brokenest heart of anyone I have ever met. He was a beautiful person in a hideous world. Great actor, too.”
  10. Vincent Cassel, Child 44, 2013.   Phil was too busy and Cassel took over his despicable Dr Zurabin in the first film of UK writer Tom Rob Smith’s trilogy about Russian cop, Leo Demidov - when, offically, no crimes, much less murders, happened inside Stalin’s USSR.  And then, alas, Phil OD’ed on Febraury 2, 2014.   Producer Shalom Auslander declared: “This planet is no damned place to have a heart, and Phil had the biggest, brokenest heart of anyone I have ever met. He was a beautiful person in a hideous world. Great actor, too.”
  11. Steve Coogan, Happyish, TV, 2014.   Designed for PSH, author Shalom Auslander’s Showtime series  was postponed after the star’s death. Took nine months to replace him with UK comic Coogan as the fortysomething hero. “Steve’s range is astounding. He’s a comedy legend, a gifted satirist, and he possesses the unique combination of talents this role demands.” Yet  the  show was canned after one season - a first at Showtime.

 

 

 





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