Both Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family and Lionsgate have released official state mental regarding the tragic new of the actors death earlier today. The Hoffman family released the following statement:
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
Lionsgate, deep into the production of the two-part conclusion to the Hunger Games trilogy, also released the following official statement:
“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced ourHunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”
While nothing official was said about what this would mean for Mocking Jay, it is known that Hoffman had wrapped filming forPart 1 of the film and only had roughly a week of filming left in Part 2. It is believed that both films will be unaffected in terms of their scheduled releases. Release dates are not of upmost importance in times such as these, but it is worth nothing as, given the incredible performance we saw in Catching Fire, we were all looking forward to his expanded role in the year’s upcoming conclusion.
These are the news stories none of us look forward to writing. Philip Seymour Hoffman, age 46, was found in his Manhattan apartment earlier today by a screenwriter. Police were called to the scene and are still working to determine a cause of death.
Hoffman was a celebrated actor who broke with his role in in 1997’s Boogie Nights and went on to star in many wonderful movies including The Big Lebowski, Magnolia, and Capote, the last of which won him an Oscar for Best Actor.
Hoffman was currently working of filming for the final two Hunger Games films, and here is no word yet on how or if this tragic news might affect that production.
Our thoughts go out to Mr. Hoffman’s family and friends in this most unfortunate time.