I honestly cannot think of one role that Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn’t brilliant in. He always, always delivered, and in such a unique way. While I’d love to pick a favorite, there’s just too much to choose from.
Part of what made him so enjoyable as an actor was his absurd range. As opposed to some actors, where regardless of role you kind of know what you’re going to get, you never quite knew what was coming next. So magnetic and so absurdly talented, he even managed to make Art Howe interesting.
Here’s a scene from Charlie Wilson’s War that aptly captures much of his greatness:
His spirited presence will be sorely missed.