February 6, 2014

"Broadway theaters dimmed their marquee lights for one minute Wednesday in memory of the acclaimed screen and stage actor Philip Seymour Hoffman..."

"... who died on Sunday, apparently of a drug overdose."

What do you think of this tribute to a man who ended his life with heroin?
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rhhardin said...

They're still investigating the cause of death.

Imus and crew ad libbed the probable doubt at the scene.

What with the needle and all.

Bill R said...

Greatest Poll Ever.

Great questions. Great results.

broomhandle said...

Staggering, vaulting, truly epic, indifference.

James Pawlak said...

I suggest that we set up "Shoot Up Parlors" with all getting all the "H" they want if, and only if,the following conditions are met: The addict must"shoot up" on-site and immediately upon being provided the drug; And, a random and unidentifiable one-in-a-thousand doses is lethal.

Valentine Smith said...

It's still sad no matter how you cut it.

Chef Mojo said...

It's still sad no matter how you cut it.

I see what you did there...

Smilin' Jack said...

To those who say he threw his life away: He accomplished more in his life than you could accomplish in ten of yours.

betamax3000 said...

Repeat Post from the Cafe Thread. Sad That Althouse Didn't Gnaw the Meat.

Althouse Commented Earlier in One of Her Posts:

"The women's petition could be read as another guerrilla tactic in the feminist war on men.

You are so defeated you can't even lift your head to see it.

You're crumpled over there in the corner tittering at the ladies as if they are weak. But these weaklings defeated you long ago.

Will you ever wake up and notice? You ARE sleepwalkers! In your saggy panties."

If This Description Were To Be a Character in a Film, Would Not One of the Best Choices to Play Such a Role Have Been Philip Seymour Hoffman? After All, This Skirts (Yes, Skirts) His Performance in "Happiness."

Defeated, Hang-Dog, a Schlub in Sagging Underwear: How Can This NOT Be Hoffman? Would This Character Be the Philip Seymour Hoffman Action Figure?

In Line with My Belief in Althouse Conspiracy Theory (i.e., in Althouse Nothing is a Coincidence) is This Not a Connection She is Hoping to Infer Through Her Posts? Was His Inner Self Naked But for Underwear in Public: A Celebrated Actor Who Played many Roles of the Quintessential Beta Male? Who Won an Oscar for Lisping as Capote? An Actor Who -- Having Played Such Roles So Well, and Having Received Such Glamorous Accolades For Doing So -- Ends Up Dead with a Needle in His Arm: Were His Portrayals So Close to the Bone as to Cause the Addict's Self-Hatred that Led to His Demise?

Posit This: Philip Seymour Hoffman was a Victim of the Modern Feminized World, Celebrated For Being So Effective at Being Less Than a Man that His Own Male Psyche was Defeated, the Defeat Only Temporarily Numbed by Heroin*.

According to Althouse Conspiracy Theory THIS is the Conversation Althouse Wanted.

(*Note that I am Not Saying That All Deaths by Heroin are the Sign of Male Inadequacy: if Keith Richards were to Die of an Overdose the General Consensus would Be He Had it Coming, But a Good Run'; Hoffman on the Other Hand, 'Poor Fat Bastard.')

Dim the Lights For the Dimly Man.

Carl Pham said...

Being a great actor is pretty much the same as being a great whore or incredibly smooth con man, except in being legal. Pretty much the same skill set.

Laslo Spatula said...

Philip Seymour Hoffman. (dead)
C. Thomas Howell. (alive)
Michael J. Fox. (alive)
Philip S. Hoffman. (?)

traditionalguy said...

"Those who show mercy shall receive mercy said," our creator God.

But there seems to be few commenters that need mercy. Carry on.

Hoffman did no one any harm. Addiction is a monster. Ask Rush Limbaugh.

betamax3000 said...

Naked Dylan Robot says:

"I know I've seen that face somewhere" Big Jim was thinking to himself
"Maybe down in Mexico or a picture up on somebody's shelf"
But then the crowd began to stamp their feet and the house lights did dim"

Big Jim Represents the American Touched By Culture But Not Swallowed By It.

Big Jim Does Not Know How to Spell "DeCapreo".

EDH said...

PSH had a nack for bringing characters to life that made it hard to believe that any other actor could have done as well.

He didn't cure cancer, but it's something to be respected.

Despite his personal faults, he deserved a nod, particularly from his peers.

I don't begrudge that.

Lydia said...

It may also bring some solace to his children as they grow older and become fully aware of the horrible way he died.

jimbino said...

A guy who kills himself doesn't impose costs on me that a breeding woman does. Give me a dead actor any day before an Octomom.

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David said...

Smilin' Jack said...
To those who say he threw his life away: He accomplished more in his life than you could accomplish in ten of yours.

So far.

The Godfather said...

I voted for the last item (the I don't give a shit one), because I don't really care whether Broadway Theaters dim their lights or not.

But I do care about the loss of P.S. Hoffman. He was an excellent actor, judging by the movies in which I saw him, and I am saddened by the loss of 10 or 20 or 30 more years of movies that he might have made.

I also care because addiction, whether to drugs or alcohol or whatever is a terrible thing. I've known several recovering alcoholics well enough to understand their struggles and the courage and commitment it takes to achieve a state of recovering and then maintain it every day. And I've known alcoholics who were never able to achieve the state of recovering. Hoffman, they say, was clean and sober for a long time, but the day came when he couldn't maintain that. It's very sad.

iowan2 said...

To those that say he threw his life away.............

Who accomplished more?

Phillip Seymour Hoffman


Phil Robertson?

broomhandle said...

I'm not indifferent to the tragedy of an addict's death. I'm utterly indifferent to the idea that Hoffman's death is more significant or newsworthy than any other addict's death.

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surfed said...

Actors repeat memorized lines written by others and fake emotions to the words.

rcommal said...

It's a great loss **and** he made the worst choice of all. Both, at the same time. How many stupid out there are they?

rcommal said...

Actors repeat memorized lines written by others and fake emotions to the words.-

God, you're shallow and stupid.

And if you're not, then I can only hope that your point in stating that was to satirize volumes of crap commentary spread for so many years.

Peggy Coffey said...

I didn't know the man, never saw any of his movies. He wasted a gift that he was given for a moments pleasure, because he was weak, and I feel sorry for his family because he was selfish.

SOJO said...

It's their business, not mine.

I think it was especially nice that it was Broadway, rather than Hollyeood, since he was one of their own, an actor's actor who lived and died in their city.

Fen said...

Hoffman did no one any harm.

His children would disagree

Addiction is a monster. Ask Rush Limbaugh.

I'm more sympathetic to someone addicted to pain meds from surgery and... chronic pain.

Whats this guy's excuse? Recreational use with 2 kids at home?

Also, still don't know who he is or what he did. Don't really care either. I find it obnoxious that he gets special treatment b/c he's some kind of culture elite. Lots of sad stories out there of people dying from drugs. Why is his more special than theirs?

damikesc said...

Hoffman did no one any harm.

He has three kids. He did them considerable harm.

To those that say he threw his life away.............

Who accomplished more?

Phillip Seymour Hoffman


Phil Robertson

Robertson had 4 kids, tons of grandchildren, and a successful company his family owns and runs. He has also counselled addicts to try and help them through their issues.

Is that really a debatable point as to who did more with their lives?

Mary E. Glynn said...

I stand with Lavar Burton on this one. (before he apologized and sat down...)

Burton tweeted Feb. 2: "Damn, #PSH was SO talented! However, if Y'all should find me dead with a needle in my arm, in my underwear . . . please put my pants on!"

When one of the Reading Rainbow alum's Twitter followers wrote back "not cool, dude," Burton, 56, replied: "Not cool is shooting up when you got kids . . . #areyoukiddingme."

Somehow, I don't think a black actor self-induced dead with a needle in his arm, w/Hoffman's fine resume and three young kids left behind, would be getting the same adulatory attention.

Different cultural values and all.

Martha said...

Philip Seymour Hoffman was celebrated for the remarkable talent he brought to his film and stage roles. Few knew of his heroin addiction or were privy to the rapid downward spiral during the past year.

I think a lot of the reaction is the shock of it all-- a seemingly successful actor in his prime with a young family (three beautiful children and supportive partner) suddenly is found dead with a needle in his arm. We did never imagined PS Hoffman as a heroin addict until last week.

Darrell said...

They should have just flashed the lights seventy times. Once for every bag of heroin in his home.

Darrell said...

When those global warming idiots wanted to ring the church bells one time for each of the 400 parts of CO2 in the atmosphere, I suggested that we hold guns on them and make them next do the denominator--one million.

Darrell said...

jimbino (any relation to Al?) said--
A guy who kills himself doesn't impose costs on me that a breeding woman does. Give me a dead actor any day before an Octomom.

What a cocksucker! No matter what you put in your mouth. . .

rcommal said...

Man. what the hell.

It's as if people think there's only one way to live life.

What a shame, that is.

rcommal said...

Jesus, damikesc, is it your argument that one Phil is worth more than another?

rcommal said...

I do believe that Phil Robertson not just cares about his own kids, but also the kids of others.

I don't want to believe that he'd approve of the likes of that which damikesc do.

rcommal said...

damikesc, you are one opportunistic SOB. Are you sure that those whom you use actually share your so-called values? I wonder.