The maker of one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last films, the espionage drama A Most Wanted Man, mourned the loss of his friend and leading man — just weeks after having spent time together at Sundance premiering the film.
Above is Willem Dafoe, director Anton Corbijn, Hoffman, and Rachel McAdams at the festival, in much happier times.
“Hearing that Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away came as much as a shock to me as to anyone else I’d imagine,” said Corbijn, who referred obliquely to the personal troubles Hoffman was now clearly facing: “We spent some time together only two weeks ago and he seemed in a good place despite some issues he had to deal with.”
“He was not only the most gifted actor I ever worked with (and judging by the legacy he leaves behind I am certain I share this with most if not all directors who were fortunate enough to work with him), he had also become an incredibly inspiring and supportive friend,” Corbijn added.
The filmmaker also made mention of Hoffman’s young family — the actor leaves behind his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children, ages 10, 7, and 5.
“I am so terribly sad as I find it impossible to comprehend what happened today and to collect my thoughts properly,” Corbijn said. “I have to think about Mimi and the children and I wish them much strength coping with the loss of this truly great man as a father and partner.”
Here is a clip from A Most Wanted Man:
And here is video of Corbijn, Hoffman, and co-stars Willem Dafoe and Rachel McAdams in an interview just two weeks ago at the Sundance festival.
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