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Hoffman had undergone treatment for drug addiction in the past and said last year that he had been clean for 23 years before “falling off the wagon” in 2012. In May, Hoffman entered a detox facility and completed a 10-day program for his use of prescription drugs and heroin.
Hoffman was recently at the Sundance Film Festival promoting his latest projects, John Slattery‘s God’s Pocket and A Most Wanted Man with Rachel McAdams.
THR highlights the most memorable roles from Hoffman’s prolific career.
Boogie Nights (1997)
Starring opposite Mark Wahlberg in the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed feature, Hoffman played the gay boom operator Scotty J, who is in love with Wahlberg’s Dirk Diggler. In a memorable scene from the film, after showing off his new red car, a “wasted” Scotty puts the moves on Dirk, believing that the signs of mutual attraction had been there all along. Though Dirk tries to put the brakes on the situation, Scotty keeps going and going and going …
Hoffman reunited with Anderson in the film starring Tom Cruise, playing the part of nurse Phil Parma. He is tasked with finding Frank Mackey (Cruise), a narcissist shilling a self-help course to men. Hoffman won a National Board of Review award for his supporting turn.
Almost Famous (2000)
Hoffman played real-life music journalist Lester Bangs in the Cameron Crowe film, offering advice to a young and impressionable William Miller (Patrick Fugit). In one moment in the film, Lester advises William not to “make friends with the rock stars,” telling him the harsh truth about the give-and-take relationship between journalists and publicity-seeking musicians. In another scene, Lester doles out another piece of wisdom: “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.”
Hoffman won his first Oscar for his critically-acclaimed portrayal of larger-than-life author Truman Capote for Capote, a shoot that lasted just 36 days. (That year at the Oscars, Hoffman went up against the late actor Heath Ledger, who was nominated for Brokeback Mountain.)
Mission: Impossible 3 (2006)
In the third Mission: Impossible film, Hoffman had a turn in an action movie franchise when he played the villainous black-market arms dealer Owen Davian. After Cruise’s Ethan Hunt captures Owen, Ethan is so desperate to find out what the “rabbit’s foot” is that he nearly kills the one man who he can actually use for intel. “Who I’m selling to is the last thing you should be concerned about,” Hoffman’s Owen warns in the action-packed, three-minute scene.
Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
Hoffman received another Academy Award nomination for the Mike Nichols-directed feature, which told the story of U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson who partnered with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos (Hoffman) to launch Operation Cyclone. In a tense, NSFW three-minute scene from the movie, Hoffman confronts John Slattery‘s CIA director Henry Cravely. (They would reteam later for Sundance title God’s Pocket.)
Nominated for an Academy Award in a supporting role, Hoffman was memorable and critics praised his performance as Father Brendan Flynn, a New York priest who may or may not have sexually abused an altar boy.
The Ides of March (2011)
Hoffman starred in the film adaptation of Beau Willimon‘s 2008 play Farragut North, about a junior campaign manager working for a Democratic presidential candidate. Hoffman was nominated for a BAFTA.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Hoffman joined the cast of Lionsgate’s blockbuster franchise as new head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, following in the footsteps of Wes Bentley‘s ill-fated Seneca Crane. Hoffman was slated to appear in the two follow-up Mockingjay films.
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