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Watch: Amy Adams' Tearful Tribute To Philip Seymour Hoffman On ‘Inside the Actors Studio’

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by Kevin Jagernauth
February 20, 2014 12:24 PM
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We're coming up on three weeks since we learned about the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the loss of his tremendous talent still stings cinephiles the world over. But of course, the weight of his loss is more deeply felt to those who were close to him, and there were few actors who were lucky enough to work him on the level that Amy Adams did. She starred in three films with Hoffman—"Charlie Wilson's War," "Doubt" and "The Master"—and was slated to feature in his next directorial effort "Ezekiel Moss" before he passed away. And clearly, that time with him was special.

Earlier this month—three days after this death—Adams dropped by "Inside The Actor's Studio" to record an episode with James Lipton. Naturally, any discussion of her work involves her films with Hoffman, and Adams paid a lovely, tearful tribute to her friend. "He was beautiful," Adams told the audience. "He's a beautiful spirit and he had this unique ability to see people, to really see them—not look through them—he just really saw people. And he will be missed. Sorry, I really... I just really loved him and I know so many people did."

Watch the full excerpt below and more clips from her episode on Bravo. [Celebuzz]

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  • Kat | February 21, 2014 8:45 PMReply

    I'm sorry but what is so special about Amy Adams crying about her friendly colleague death's on a show she SHOULD HAVE postponed once learning of his death, as Cate Blanchett, a close friend of his, cancelled her Monuments Men promo/appearances after learning of her friend's death.

    It's very sad he's gone, and seeing someone get teary makes you teary, but why are people praising her exactly? because she cried? many, many did, including his closest friends and family. Again, she should have postponed this, and I second that Lipton shouldn't have pressed it. Obviously it's more meaningful and more publicity if it's fresh after the death as opposed to 3 weeks after, or after awards season - ah, there you go.

  • Christie | February 23, 2014 1:14 PM

    Perhaps the 3 week lag was about logistics. It takes time to organize these recorded moments. Perhaps she would have been truly unable to compose herself in an interview like that 3 weeks prior. Who's to say? The exploitation of "Amy's Tearful Tribute" is a media thing. That's independent of Amy. I appreciate the genuineness of her tribute. Not all the tributes I've heard on public figures have such heart felt resonance, especially in Hollywood -- there you go.

  • Jackson | February 23, 2014 11:29 AM

    Wow, Kat,

    I think the biggest question you should really be asking yourself right now is whether or not you can pinpoint the moment in your life when you lost your humanity and became such a cold, bitter, shrew.

    Inside the Actor's Studio isn't about self-promotion. The people in attendance are students at the school, and the Q&A that follows is much much much lengthier than shown on the show. The students get a huge learning benefit from these shows. I know they would have understood if she had cancelled, but they get so much more by her appearing.

    I am just so sorry that you have to look at everyone's actions through your own sad, sick, twisted prism, rather than look at the truth.

    I would trade Hoffman's life for yours in a heartbeat. At least he had humanity, and something to offer the world. Look in the mirror. What exactly do*you* have to offer?

  • Kare | February 22, 2014 8:24 PM

    Crying over a beloved friend's death is totally humanly acceptable. Being at the Actor's Studio is a great honor not to be postponed. Sharing feelings and emotions about this part of life is healthy. It should never be avoided. It should be admired and embraced and I do feel great warmth that Amy Adams was strong enough to share her feelings. In life, there is great victory and tragic loss. One feeling is as important as the other. The human spirit is a beautiful thing. That's how I see it.

  • Kate | February 22, 2014 12:36 PM

    Kat---you are a fool and clearly know nothing. Adams and Hoffman were extremely close friends. They weren't just collegues---they were best friends. It's really not your place to tell any person how they are supposed to grieve for someone they loved. Some people find solace in going to work and trying to keep on with their lives. Blanchett canceled press that was going to require her to travel out of the country but she has given plenty of interviews since that fact. She's on the cover of EW this week. Get your facts straight and stop with the judgement.

  • CW | February 22, 2014 12:21 AM

    Perhaps she felt she could handle it or felt Phil would have wanted her to go on but yes, obviously it turned out to be difficult. There's no need NOT to praise her for going on and that is what she was doing...but tearfully so.

  • Don | February 21, 2014 9:52 AMReply

    Utterly heartbreaking, such a genuine beautiful and talented person Amy Adams is and she realized how great and talented Phil was. It depresses me greatly that they won't be able to work together again, because they clearly were going to judging from that film Hoffman was going to direct. It makes watching The Master very sad these days..

  • Jo Ann | February 20, 2014 11:56 PMReply

    Oh for crying out loud, the was a drug addict who pissed away his talent and opportunities in favor of HEROIN. There are equally or more talented actors who would give a body part to have the opportunities, talent, prestige and wealth he had. I'm sorry he's gone but he hurt himself, his family, and his craft. That is no testament to his greatness, but rather to his frailty.

  • Kare | February 22, 2014 8:31 PM

    Wow. I mean wow. Addiction is extreme sickness. Sadly, you are right that every action has a reaction. Philip Seymour Hoffman paid a horribly high price for his addiction. I think that's enough payment in anyone's warped sense of logic. Empathy isn't a weakness ... although some might say it is. But if we cannot feel empathy for those who loved the man, his talent and his ability, then maybe we are not as alive as we should be. As a mere fan, I felt unusually sick about this loss. It didn't have to happen but it did and that is the tragedy here. That's how I see it. Maybe I am a sap. That's just how I feel.

  • shipdog | February 22, 2014 9:26 AM

    Jo Ann....you are lucky to have avoided rich and fame. To have avoided drugs and alcohol. The majority of folks have some kind of addiction whether it is sex, food, alcohol, drugs, fetishes, internet, etc. You can feel high and mighty because your life has been bland. Maybe hate is driving you. Maybe your parents abused you and called you dirty names.

  • JT | February 21, 2014 3:36 PM

    Your lack of empathy in regards to this great man and his struggle with addiction makes me want to vomit. Go away.

  • Cartman | February 21, 2014 10:58 AM

    What is your problem,bitch?

  • Dan | February 21, 2014 9:48 AM

    LEAVE.

  • ETW | February 21, 2014 8:51 AM

    And what exactly is wrong with frailty?

  • Greg | February 21, 2014 12:59 AM

    Equally or more talented actors? Name one. I suppose you would have said the same thing about Jimi Hendrix in 1970.

  • jibberish | February 20, 2014 5:44 PMReply

    I hope this sad beautiful moment from Amy Adams leads people to re-appreciate the greatness of The Master, the most under-appreciated film in decades. Easily the best film of it's year, yet denied nominations for Best Picture, Director, Cinematography and Original Score. At least the Academy couldn't deny the fabulous actors, each giving their most thrilling, dangerous performances.

  • a | February 20, 2014 5:03 PMReply

    ;____;

  • Gilliam | February 20, 2014 5:02 PMReply

    Awful. Difficult to watch. And James is so right, we have him forever in films and in our hearts!!! Thank you Amy for talking about him about so positively!!!!

  • mass | February 20, 2014 3:59 PMReply

    The host probably should have moved on to a different subject, because judging from the very first moments of the clip they were already talking about him due to the fact that Adams was already wiping tears out of her eyes.

  • dan | February 21, 2014 9:47 AM

    How can Amy Adams bug anyone?? But I'm glad this makes her more likable.

  • Colette | February 20, 2014 6:39 PM

    Really? This was so raw, humanizing, and real. Amy Adams has always bugged me, but seeing this makes her all the more likable to me.

  • mia | February 20, 2014 3:03 PMReply

    Wow, that was such a painfully sincere reaction, Amy only ever spoke of Philip in the best light and it was clear she loved him. Almost made me cry just watching this

  • Chris138 | February 21, 2014 8:52 PM

    Way to be a cynical prick, Edjeeeie.

  • edjeeeie | February 21, 2014 10:25 AM

    She's an actress, of course she made it look like a sincere reaction.

  • tomincmh | February 20, 2014 1:17 PMReply

    That was hard to watch. Amy seems like the sweetest person and I can only imagine what she felt upon first hearing the news.

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