Since Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away tragically last weekend, his Hollywood community has come out in spades to mourn the loss of one of their most valued talents. A number of stars took to social media, celebs like Michelle Williams and Justin Theroux stopped by his ex-partner’s home to pay their respects, and now Matt Damon is sharing his final memory of his fellow Oscar-winning pal.
As a part of his Monuments Men press tour, Matt participated in a Reddit AMA on Thursday, February 6, where he was asked about his relationship to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire star. So were the two close?
"I mean, pretty close,” Matt shares. “We worked together a long time ago and I would see him here and there, all over the place. I'd go to his plays at the Labyrinth and I saw him just last year, we were working on Monuments Men and had dinner with him." Labyrinth is the NYC theater company that Philip helped to found in 1992.
Not only had the two respected actors interacted socially, they also co-starred in the 1999 thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley. Though they weren’t as close as they once were, they still would see each other from time to time while supporting one another’s projects. In fact, Matt remembers the last time he saw PSH vividly.
"The last time I saw him, I took my oldest daughter to [The Hunger Games: Catching Fire] premiere in LA and we had a chat before the movie started,” he recounts. “It's just incredibly weird that he's not around anymore.”
Philip was laid to rest in a private funeral service today in NYC, with close A-list friends like Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Joaquin Phoenix in attendance.
Source: Us Weekly