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Lee J. Cobb

On screen, Philip Seymour Hoffman could be anyone

On screen, Philip Seymour Hoffman could be anyone

When an actor as extraordinarily gifted as Philip Seymour Hoffman dies as suddenly, as tragically as he did, the mind goes into a kind of shock. How could a person who could effortlessly be so many people suddenly not be here at all? It doesn't seem possible. That shock is even stronger for me because I was at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, a little more than a week ago, not only seeing Hoffman on screen in two completely different roles but hearing him talk about his work during a post-screening question-and-answer session. PHOTOS: Philip Seymour Hoffman | 1967-2014 The characters in these two films could not have been more different. First came Hoffman as...