Globes Fave Hoffman Calls Acting 'Torturous'

Nominee and veteran character actors talks shop
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Jan 11, 2009 5:25 PM CST

(Newser) – A virtual shoe-in for a Golden Globes award tonight, Philip Seymour Hoffman insists that his supporting role in Doubt came "at a price"—as have most of his other parts as a veteran character actor. “For me, acting is torturous, because you know it’s a beautiful thing,” Hoffman tells the Guardian. “Wanting it is easy, but trying to be great—well, that’s torturous.”

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Hoffman says he still questions his ability after acting in 40 films. “You'll have nights where you wake up at two in the morning and think: I’m awful in this,” he says. Citing his range and dedication, colleagues describe Hoffman as self-protective, burdened, curious. Doubt writer/director John Patrick Shanley recalls him being "in hell" during the shoot: "Phil just shrugs and sort of jokes: 'Hell? That's where I live.'"
(Read more Philip Seymour Hoffman stories.)

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