PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
I did three sittings with Philip Seymour Hoffman but itâ€™s the time that I had a random lunch with him three years after working together that I find myself thinking about.
Running errands on a springÂ SaturdayÂ I popped into a hot dog joint on Lafayette, just south of Bleecker. A minute after I placed my order at the corner Philip came in. The place was almost empty, so I went up and said hello. He recognized me right away and was friendly, if low-key.
We sat down and ate. He had a cheeseburger and I had two hot dogs wrapped in bacon with hot sauce.
During our conversation I congratulated him on his Best Actor Oscar for â€œCapoteâ€, which he had received only days before. I told him that he canâ€™t now go off and do stupid big-budget action movies (a common misstep by past winners). He chewed his sandwich for a couple of seconds and then told me that his next picture was â€œMission Impossible IIIâ€.
He was fun to photograph, and he brought real joy to his performances. Heâ€™ll be missed.
Top Two Images: Philip Seymour Hoffman photographed for Premiere in 1999. I was told later that it was one of his favorite sessions.
Third and Fourth Images: Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly, photographed for Time Out New York in 2001. I donâ€™t remember even speaking with them – it was so fast moving I was trying to get it all on film.
Bottom Image: Philip Seymour HoffmanÂ photographedÂ at Sundance Film Festival for Entertainment Weekly in 2003.
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