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What more can be said about Philip Seymour Hoffman, especially in the wake of his terribly tragic, premature death? He was perhaps the finest actor of his generation, he was deeply loved in his community, and he was a partner and father. At only 46, his death was deeply felt by so many people. The subtle and even more tragic irony is that his work frequently had the same effect.

In the days after his death, it seemed everyone was choosing their favorite performance or scene of his.  There’s the combative rock journalist in Almost Famous, or the slimy personal assistant in The Big Lebowski, the megalomaniac complex and manipulative leader in The Master, but the characters that so frequently stand out are the ones he portrayed while working with Paul Thomas Anderson. They were just one of those great director-actor teams; Anderson seemed to so deeply understand who Hoffman »

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