of Associated Press
If you have been following recent news, you are aware that Catching Fire
star Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away
on February 2.
While reports linked to his cause of death are inconclusive
—though they suspect drug overdose—his death is still a loss that is felt by many.
Aaron Sorkin, a writer for Time Entertainment
, shared his thoughts
on Hoffman and how he affected the lives of those who knew him.
The two men were alike in several ways, the main ones being their children and their drug use.
Both men were recovering addicts, and were trying to keep clean for their children.
Sorkin has long been an admirer of Hoffman’s work, beginning with his role in Scent of a Woman
But nothing, he says, would ever make him forget when he first met his idol during a table reading for his screenplay of Charlie Wilson’s War.
“On breaks during rehearsals, we would sometimes slip outside our soundstage on the Paramount lot and get to swapping stories. It’s not unusual to have these mini-AA meetings — people like us are the only ones to whom tales of insanity don’t sound insane,” Sorkin wrote.
It was here the men discovered their similarities. Hoffman gave Sorkin plenty of advice during their small meetings, but the one that stuck with Sorkin the most was to stay squeamish when faced with a needle.
“And he said this: ‘If one of us dies of an overdose, probably 10 people who were about to won’t.’ He meant that our deaths would make news and maybe scare someone clean.”
Neither man wanted to die, but they knew their history with drugs put them at a higher risk.
Hoffman’s death, he reasons, wasn’t due to a drug overdose, because you can’t take the proper amount of something like heroin and expect everything to be okay when you wake up. It is a battle that is lost by many, and has unfortunately claimed another.
Philip Seymour Hoffman will be remembered for his amazing work in the film industry. His families, both on and off the screen, will miss him along with his adoring fans.
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