We were rocked by the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death on February 2 and we were hardly alone in our grief. Philip left behind a young family as well as a parcel of coworkers from his illustrious and too short career. One of them, Amy Adams, recently spoke about Philip on Inside the Actors Studio and broke down in tears as she recalled their work together.
In the clip, Actors Studio host James Lipton lists Amy’s various acting accomplishments including an Academy Award nomination for her role as Sister James in the 2008 film Doubt. Philip played Father Brendan Flynn, for which he also received an Oscar nod. Hearing Doubt mentioned, Amy begins to tear up.
“We’ve arrived at a difficult moment, of course,” James says. “For you, for me, for the craft that we love, for the world in which we live.”
He describes when he first brought Philip to the Actors Studio stage 14 years ago “with the prediction that he would become the greatest actor of his generation.”
Amy tells the acting students in the audience how she wish they each could work with Philip. “He was beautiful, his beautiful spirit,” she says. “He had this unique ability to see people, to really see them, not look through them. He just really saw people. He was, and will be, missed … I just really loved him.”
She apologizes for not being able to speak to the topic more and here James says perhaps the best line we’ve heard in relation to this tragedy: “You’ve said it, everything that needs to be said. We have him forever, thank heaven, but not long enough.”