Ultimately the main goal in my life has always been to become the William Miller to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Lester Bangs. And now that dream is forever unattainable. Just a heartbreaking loss of an idol, an inspiration, and my first favorite actor. And while he may have given greater performances, delivered speeches with more passion and feeling, and created fuller characters, when I think of Philip Seymour Hoffman this scene will always be the first thing that comes to mind. I must have watched it at least 50 times in my life and it remains, for my money, one of the best monologues in film history.
Rest in peace.