Jehane Noujaim's documentary The Square, which chronicles three years of political turmoil in Egypt, is the first film from that country to be nominated for an Academy Award. But the filmmaker has struggled to show the film in its home country.
We listen back to interviews with Hoffman from 1999 and 2008, when he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross that carrying the emotional life of a character could be "burdensome." He was found dead on Sunday at age 46.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday. He was 46 years old. Police are investigating the death as a possible drug overdose. He'd struggled with substance abuse throughout his life.
Many famous actors have played the role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Philip Seymour Hoffman became the fifth actor to play the harried, 63-year-old Loman on Broadway. (Steve Inskeep's conversation with Philip Seymour Hoffman initially aired on April 12, 2012 on Morning Edition).
In his award-winning role in the film Capote, film critic Roger Ebert wrote that the performance wasn't so much an imitation as it was a channeling of "a man whose peculiarities mask great intelligence and deep wounds." Hoffman, 46, was found dead on Sunday.
The song "Alone Yet Not Alone" had been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Oscars. Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter tells NPR's Scott Simon why the Academy rescinded the nomination.
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