Say Anything (1989)
I WANT TO WAKE UP (Vanilla Sky, 2001, Cameron Crowe)
Film Trivia: According to director Cameron Crowe, "ask me again" was Patrick Fugit stepping out of character and asking Kate Hudson to repeat her lines for another take. But Crowe liked the take as-is and kept it in the final cut.
I was watching Philip work, and it occurred to me — this was the sort of caliber of acting that I was going to need to do from that point forward. There was something about watching Philip that opened my eyes to the potential for creating.
You learn a lot of tricks and a lot of sort of quirks to get you through a scene. You sort of rely on your natural affectations, but Philip was playing something that was real. I thought, “That is what an actor is, that’s what I need to start doing.” - Patrick Fugit on working with Philip Seymour Hoffman in Almost Famous (x)
My original take on this scene was a loud, late night pronouncement from Lester Bangs. A call to arms. In Phil’s hands it became something different. A scene about quiet truths shared between two guys, both at the crossroads, both hurting, and both up too late. It became the soul of the movie. In between takes, Hoffman spoke to no one. He listened only to his headset, only to the words of Lester himself. (His Walkman was filled with rare Lester interviews.) When the scene was over, I realized that Hoffman had pulled off a magic trick. He’d leapt over the words and the script, and gone hunting for the soul and compassion of the private Lester, the one only a few of us had ever met. Suddenly the portrait was complete. The crew and I will always be grateful for that front row seat to his genius.