Philip Seymour Hoffman has a new Q&A with Esquire.com where he talks about his newest film The Master, his children, and maintaining anonymity in Hollywood.
SR: Last time I talked to my mother, she asks, “Who are you interviewing next?” I say, “Philip Seymour Hoffman,” and she says, “Who?” I invoke Capote. ”He won the fking Oscar,” I say. She’s in her 80s and lives in Cleveland, but she does watch movies. It’s amazing that you’ve been able to have this body of work and maintain some anonymity.
PSH: I think about that a lot. I feel it cracking lately, the older I’m getting. I think I’m less anonymous than I was. And I think nowadays it’s so easy for people to watch things. In the past five years, our images — yours, everyone’s — are everywhere. No one’s watching more movies. It’s just that the images are being seen more. It’s going to be more difficult for the young actors coming up today to keep a low profile. No one can.
SR: I don’t know how many young actors want to keep a low profile.
PSH: I think some people don’t, but I think some people do. And it’s going to be very hard for those young people who do, because there’s no way around it. It’s not just actors. It’s people in general. Everyone’s being Twittered about.
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PSH also took “A Minute With” Reuters in which he talks about The Master and the influence of actors.
Q. What do the Oscars mean to you now that you have one?
A. “I think it is important to respect the attention that gets brought to something that everyone worked really hard on.”
Q. Talking about respect, actors like Meryl Streep sometimes joke about actors’ current high stature. What do you think?
A. “No one wants to be pretentious about what they do or take it seriously, because that is just weird. But I think, too, you have to respect it and to realize where it can take you and what power it can have, I think is important. But that is true of anything.”
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