Gone Too Soon: Philip Seymour Hoffman on John Cazale

Gone Too Soon: Philip Seymour Hoffman on John Cazale

Feb 03, 2014

The untimely death of the wonderfully gifted actor Philip Seymour Hoffman led to an outpouring of warmth for the man and affection for his work all day yesterday and today. You can find the man's "best" moments from Boogie Nights, Capote, Almost Famous, Moneyball, Twister, The Master or (insert your choice here) in numerous articles (and in the actual films, of course), but I had a quick, short memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman in the excellent HBO documentary I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale.

The late John Cazale is noteworthy not only for his acting skill, but also for one truly excellent piece of Oscar trivia: all five of the films that John Cazale appeared in (The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part 2, Dog Day Afternoon and The Deer Hunter) were nominated for Best Picture. Despite appearing in only five movies, Mr. Cazale was a clear and obvious influence on actors like Philip Seymour Hoffman. In honor of these performers, both of whom left us way too young, we offer these two moments from I Knew It Was You.

(And a big thanks to Oscilloscope Labs for getting us these clips so quickly.)

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