Ian McKellen Writes Touching Facebook Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman has been deeply felt in the acting community, as evidenced by the outpouring of respect and tribute from the late Oscar winner’s friends and peers.
But one tribute was particularly poignant. Ian McKellen, acclaimed actor of stage and screen, penned a memorial to Hoffman on his Facebook page. Included with a photo of Hoffman alongside Natalie Portman in the 2001 revival of The Seagull in New York’s Central Park, McKellen’s elegant tribute detailed the depth and magnitude of his respect, as well as his deep regret in never getting to tell the late actor just how greatly his talent was appreciated. You can read the full tribute below:
Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)
He was without doubt one of the most accomplished screen actors of our time, with so many more performances waiting to enchant us with.
What I will remember most is his Konstantin in Chekov’s “The Seagull” in a starry revival in New York’s Central Park (2001). Meryl Streep was his mother, although he looked old enough to be her younger brother, a self-obsessed lonely boy, longing for success, trying to make his own way in an alien world. The open-air venue was not conducive to the delicacy and intimacy of the play, yet Hoffman amazingly shrank the space between him and the audience and made us feel we were spying on his insides.
His work on film survives his death, the only consolation in our grief and regret. Last month he came to see our plays at the Cort Theatre. I wish, now more than ever, we had met afterwards, so I could have told him of my admiration.