Philip Seymour Hoffman’s ‘Hunger Games’ Role & His Other Final Performances

By Christopher Rosen

Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on Feb. 2 after an apparent drug overdose.

The actor, who was 46 at the time of his death, leaves behind a legacy of iconic performances, including but not limited to his Oscar-winning role as Truman Capote in “Capote,” as well as his stirring work in “The Master,” “Magnolia,” “Boogie Nights,” “Almost Famous,” “The Savages,” “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “The Big Lebowski,” “25th Hour,” “Punch-Drunk Love,” “Moneyball,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Ides of March,” “Doubt” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” among many others.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement following his death. “This is a tragic and sudden loss.”

Hoffman was last seen onscreen in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” in which he played Plutarch Heavensbee, the head gamemaker in the film’s dystopian universe. Hoffman was set to reprise that role in both parts of “Mockingjay,” the “Hunger Games” finale, the first portion of which is scheduled for release on Nov. 21 of this year.

“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation,” a representative for Lionsgate, the studio behind the “Hunger Games” franchise, said in a statement. “We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”

According to sources close to the “Hunger Games,” Hoffman’s work on “Mockingjay Part 1” was largely completed before he died. The actor apparently had one week of filming left on “Mockingjay Part 2,” but his death will not impact the scheduled release dates of either film.

Beyond “Mockingjay,” Hoffman has two other films that are ready for release: Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” with Rachel McAdams and Robin Wright in co-starring roles, and John Slattery’s “God’s Pocket,” which features Christina Hendricks and Richard Jenkins. Both movies debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where Hoffman was in attendance.

“I found it extraordinarily moving,” Hoffman told Vulture of Slattery’s film, which starred the late actor as a criminal in over his head. “It’s just tragic: This is somebody who’s trying so desperately to make something work while everyone else knows it’s never going to work. And he’s the one guy who doesn’t know it. That killed me. That’s what I couldn’t shake.”

Both “A Most Wanted Man” and “God’s Pocket” will likely see U.S. release sometime this year. In addition to those films, Hoffman was set to direct the indie drama “Ezekiel Moss,” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams in starring roles. (Hoffman directed one other film in his career, the 2010 comedy-drama “Jack Goes Boating.”) He was also set as the lead in the Showtime series “Happyish,” but that project’s status is now in doubt as well.

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