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    Re: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC

    Quote Originally Posted by herenow1 View Post
    Makes you question if these actors are hooked on drugs b/c they're rich or b/c it's the culture?
    Neither.

    Actors tend to be incredibly depressed individuals, not as a rule but as a general trend.

    I know I was, to a horrific extent, I had serious substance abuse problems back in those days and I got away to try to stop that trend, now when people ask me "Oh why don't you go audition for the local play" or whatever I always muddle my way through the subject, even thinking about going back to it is intensely painful to me.

    But the problem is when you do that performance, when you feel that adoration... that's a drug in and of itself and all you want to do is keep that feeling going.

    My worst substance abuse issues resulted from my greatest triumphs.

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    Re: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Neither.

    Actors tend to be incredibly depressed individuals, not as a rule but as a general trend.

    I know I was, to a horrific extent, I had serious substance abuse problems back in those days and I got away to try to stop that trend, now when people ask me "Oh why don't you go audition for the local play" or whatever I always muddle my way through the subject, even thinking about going back to it is intensely painful to me.

    But the problem is when you do that performance, when you feel that adoration... that's a drug in and of itself and all you want to do is keep that feeling going.

    My worst substance abuse issues resulted from my greatest triumphs.
    Why do you think that is? That they are so depressed? I know that they have issues like all of us, but most people's issues are resolved with money, and it seems that money causes the problems that these people have.

    This really makes me angry. I don't know why - he was such a talent, and now he just died looking weak. Like David Carradine.




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    Re: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC

    RIP my man!!

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    Re: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC

    On TV last night I saw a musician on Austin City Limits comment on how it is nice to have a job where people applaud you every three minutes. I can understand how returning to normal life between projects can be a let down.

    Hoffman stood out as an actor from the first time I saw him. (Boogie Nights and Happiness)
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    Re: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Why do you think that is?
    It's a tough one.

    When I think back to it all, I've always been somewhat depressed...

    But going career acting forces you to face your issues more than regular people.

    Now I can't speak for every persons method of acting but generally what acting school/training does is try to break down your walls.

    We had to talk about intensely personal stuff in class, there was crying, there was anger.

    the reason for this is you have to be able to bring that stuff up in your performance, you have to be able to let your heart break to make that scene work.

    Add to that an already depressed state of mind and a pre-disposition for substance abuse and you got yourself a powderkeg.

    I actually once brushed shoulders with Mr. Monteith there as we had the same acting teacher... great guy but underneath there were serious issues but I'll say no more.

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    Re: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC

    Such a great actor, so many great films, Syndoche NY, Hard Eight, Big Lebowski, Magnolia, Truman, The Master.

    Very very sad to see such a talent gone...
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    Re: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
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    Short on detail, but the news is just now coming out.
    My folks just told me about this, and it makes me really sad. Amazing actor, and he still had a lot of great work to do. Rest in peace.

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    Re: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    It's a tough one.

    When I think back to it all, I've always been somewhat depressed...

    But going career acting forces you to face your issues more than regular people.

    Now I can't speak for every persons method of acting but generally what acting school/training does is try to break down your walls.

    We had to talk about intensely personal stuff in class, there was crying, there was anger.

    the reason for this is you have to be able to bring that stuff up in your performance, you have to be able to let your heart break to make that scene work.

    Add to that an already depressed state of mind and a pre-disposition for substance abuse and you got yourself a powderkeg.

    I actually once brushed shoulders with Mr. Monteith there as we had the same acting teacher... great guy but underneath there were serious issues but I'll say no more.
    Damn. Thanks for sharing.




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    Re: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC

    1. Philip Seymour Hoffman is from my hometown. It has not been a good week for Rochester-area quasi-celebrities (this makes 2 gone).

    2. What a terrific actor. He's been in a few of my absolute favorite films (The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights, Almost Famous, Moneyball, Charlie Wilson's War). Talented and versatile.

    He'll be missed.
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    Re: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in NYC

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    It's a tough one.

    When I think back to it all, I've always been somewhat depressed...

    But going career acting forces you to face your issues more than regular people.

    Now I can't speak for every persons method of acting but generally what acting school/training does is try to break down your walls.

    We had to talk about intensely personal stuff in class, there was crying, there was anger.

    the reason for this is you have to be able to bring that stuff up in your performance, you have to be able to let your heart break to make that scene work.

    Add to that an already depressed state of mind and a pre-disposition for substance abuse and you got yourself a powderkeg.

    I actually once brushed shoulders with Mr. Monteith there as we had the same acting teacher... great guy but underneath there were serious issues but I'll say no more.
    My impression from hanging with actors and comedians is that they tend to be people desperate for attention and strongly desiring external validation.

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