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Watch: Philip Seymour Hoffman Talks Happiness In Animated PBS Short

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 3, 2014 1:05 PM
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Philip Seymour Hoffman PBS

With the media speculating earlier this year on the dark, final days and weeks of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, it's often easy to forget that in addition to being one of the best actors of his generation, he was a loving father too. And his children and career come up in this slightly bruising animated short from PBS.

Using a conversation with Simon Critchley recorded on December 22, 2012 at the Rubin Museum of Art, producer David Gerlach and animator Patrick Smith, put together the actors' thoughts on being happy, keeping the darkness at bay and making unlikeable and repellent characters relatable. Given what would happen a couple of years later makes this much more poignant, but even so, Hoffman still spoke at the time with the authority and wisdom of someone who had been to the lowest lows.

It's a lovely tribute and well worth a watch below. [EW]

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  • Lets Get Real pod | June 3, 2014 4:29 PMReply

    What an intriguing series by PBS, capturing the immortal words of great artists recently passed.
    I half expected PSH to reference the gift of the 'Actor' as articulated in the 'The Myth of Sisyphus'. Powerful stuff

  • robthom | June 3, 2014 2:54 PMReply

    A multi-talented fella.
    I thought he was hilarious in something about polly.


  • Zack | June 3, 2014 1:16 PMReply

    Oh, good, it's about the concept of happiness, not the movie about him jerking off.

  • Robthom | June 3, 2014 2:56 PM

    I cant stand that solondz guy.

    He just seems to be a pervert making movies about disgusting perversions and acting like its art.

    I wouldn't mind just smacking him in the face.

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