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This past weekend I had the pleasure to sit down with a couple of castmembers of the soon to explode The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. There was an unmistakable excitement in the air, but there was also something--well, someone--missing. Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The actor who died while The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and its sequel The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 was in production looms large, even in his absence. I asked his long-time friend and co-star Jeffrey Wright what he'd like our readers to know about Philip Seymour Hoffman. In his answer, he not only spoke of the respect Hoffman carried in the industry, but also how much The Hunger Game movies meant to him. Wright explained:
"There’s a big void in the acting circle that I inhabit that’s been left by his passing. He was, he was a singular. He occupied a very specific singular space, you know, among us actors, and he was so, he was so committed to these films and was so inspired by these books and by the themes behind the book.
In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Philip Seymour Hoffman reprises his role as former Capitol citizen/Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. Now embedded with the rebels of District 13, this masterful manipulator is part of planning a revolt against the very people who once made him rich and powerful. Having seen the film, I can say Hoffman is astonishing in it, delivering a grumbling voice and a raised eyebrow that paint Plutarch simply and elegantly. In honor of this lost actor, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1's final scene is followed by a title card in remembrance.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opens everywhere Friday. We'll bring you more from Jeffrey Wright and Sam Claflin later this week.