This fantastic and moving tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman by Caleb Slain features over 40 of Hoffman’s films.
At 17:22 the video uses a clip from a 2010 interview with Ross Reynolds of NPR affiliate KUOW in which Hoffman says:
People need each other and that actual interaction or relationship or friendship or romantic love affair, all the different ways relationships take form—is one of the hardest things we do in our lives. It’s one of the biggest risks we’ll take in our lives… If you say ‘yes’ to someone, ‘I will,’ [you] are also saying, ‘I will be hurt by you.’ Because you can’t have relationships if you’re not willing to be disappointed and hurt by that person. It’s almost impossible. And you have to be able to enter the world and realize that the richness of life is all the good and joy and thrill of it, but also all the disappointment, hurt, and heartache of it—and that all of that is what’s great.
Hoffman spoke to Terry in 1999 and 2008. We play parts of both interviews in our tribute to him.
*Quote transcribed as it was said in the interview, not as in the tribute
Film Script + Scenes:
Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
screenplay by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
Towards the end of Dallas Buyers Club, Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) returns to the Mexican hospital where he first received medications to effectively help him battle his HIV. Shortly after Ron and the doctor discuss a new possible treatment evolving from caterpillars Ron wanders into a back room full of monarch butterflies. Simultaneously back in Texas, his business partner, fellow HIV sufferer, and possibly the best friend Ron has ever had is succumbing to the aggressive disease. Rayon (played with perfection by Jared Leto) is a transgendered woman who never did get the sex change she wanted. Watching Ron among those possibly life-saving butterflies, as his best friend undergoes the ultimate cocoon transformation leaving her poor frail body behind, is the best kind of cinematic metaphor.(Source)
We’ve got a story in the works, folks.
When is it not appropriate to recoil into the fetal position and play “Hatful of Hollow” into oblivion?
Here’s something I learned from a wise, old man:
Do not smile when Vonnegut writes “so it goes.” Do not giggle, do not feel charmed that its trisyllabic tragedy popped up through the story yet again like spring daisies. 25,000 people were firebombed in Dresden and all we can say is “so it goes;” a man was shot for stealing a teapot in the rubble and all we can say is “so it goes.” That’s a synonym for “who cares,” and why shouldn’t we care about human death? Because we, humans, are good at causing it, unsheathing and slashing with it. We should care that humans are the only animal capable of such unspeakable massacre, and that their unspeakable nature is no excuse to cough up a pithy phrase and forget. The nature behind “so it goes” did not make Vonnegut feel better, did not compress the 20 years it took to exhale the long literary sigh that became “Slaughterhouse-Five.” Rather, I think it disturbed him, that we don’t care, as it should you. Just ask the masses who remembers the massacre at Dresden, and they’ll likely give you a synonym for “so it goes:” oh well, what a shame, one day we’ll learn.