|Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin|
Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin has penned an “obituary” for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The two had worked together on 2 film projects in the past (Charlie Wilson’s War, Moneyball) and had connected with each other over their own issues with addiction.
Hoffman once remarked to Sorkin, “If one of us dies of an overdose, probably 10 people who were about to won’t” – meaning that their death might scare someone clean.
Phil Hoffman, this kind, decent, magnificent, thunderous actor, who was never outwardly “right” for any role but who completely dominated the real estate upon which every one of his characters walked, did not die from an overdose of heroin — he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he’d just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine.
He didn’t die because he was partying too hard or because he was depressed — he died because he was an addict on a day of the week with a y in it. He’ll have his well-earned legacy — his Willy Loman that belongs on the same shelf with Lee J. Cobb’s and Dustin Hoffman’s, his Jamie Tyrone, his Truman Capote and his Academy Award. Let’s add to that 10 people who were about to die who won’t now.
Read Aaron’s full essay at Time.com