Wrestling With Fame

Check out this Psychology Today article about Philip Seymour Hoffman, who’s revealed as someone neither as innocent nor as humble as the press sometimes portrays him. Journalist Jennifer Drapkin engages in a bout of psychological thrust and parry with the actor who, before winning a Best Actor Oscar for Capote, distinguished himself as, to name just a few of his many memorable roles, Jason Robards’ nurse in Magnolia, Scotty the confused soundman in Boogie Nights, and, my personal favorite, a particularly obnoxious craps player in Paul Thomas Anderson’s brilliantly risky film about gambling, Hard Eight.
For anybody plagued with the fear of failure (and not just an actor or a writer or an artist — anybody), Hoffman’s words will hit home: “It doesn’t matter how brilliant or wonderful I think I am. On any given day, no matter how hard I fight, there is somebody who can take me down. I can fail in front of my peers. I can fail in front of my parent. I just have a certain understanding that I am only as good as yesterday when it comes to what I do for a living.”

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