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WATCH: Teaser for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,' Marking Philip Seymour Hoffman's Last Role

Thompson on Hollywood By Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 28, 2014 at 11:05AM

Said Philip Seymour Hoffman to Rolling Stone in 2005: "No one knows me. No one understands me. That's the other thing that changes as you get older. It's like everybody understands you. But no one understands me."
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Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman

Said Philip Seymour Hoffman to Rolling Stone in 2005: "No one knows me. No one understands me. That's the other thing that changes as you get older. It's like everybody understands you. But no one understands me."

With Hoffman's well-reviewed "A Most Wanted Man" scoring at the box office and the latest "Hunger Games" trailer-- marking Hoffman's last screen role --launched at Comic-Con, Rolling Stone is reposting their February feature, “Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last Days,” which runs interviews with those who loved and (possibly) knew the man on a deeper, more personal level. While much of the article is a portrait in line with others that ran after his death, the rest does make us privy to something more complicated than his public persona— he was a man who "understood something dark and sad about human behavior.” Those who admired the actor — and I’d assume that’s just about everyone reading this article — will find some of it difficult to stomach, but that’s exactly how it should be; a loss like this need not be sugarcoated. (The less said about this ambulance-chasing excuse for a review the better. Let professional critics distinguish between a well-cast performer and second-guessing about the man behind the actor.)

Hoffman leads off Francis Lawrence's “Mockingjay — Part 1" trailer, crammed with brief money shots of  crowds, action, and close-ups of awe-struck faces. The new ensemble gets the welcome addition of Julianne Moore. Fans will be pleased to chew one something juicier than the last teaser, at least.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” will open on November 21st. Watch the teaser below:

This article is related to: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Comic-Con, Comic Con 2014, The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games, A Most Wanted Man


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.