‘Catching Fire’: Philip Seymour Hoffman Explains Why He Joined the Franchise

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2012 at 1:05 pm,

 Catching Fire: Philip Seymour Hoffman Explains Why He Joined the Franchise

Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has steadily built up a reputation for being one of the most talented and well-respected actors in the film industry today, primarily by taking on roles in smaller pictures built around complex characters and serious drama, such as Capote and Doubt - with yet another possible award-contending role in this fall’s indie drama The Master.

Though he’s starred in more commercial films like Charlie Wilson’s War and Mission Impossible: III  in recent years, Hoffman has historically shied away from taking on roles in blockbuster films, which is why the recent announcement of him taking on the part of game maker Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, caught some off guard.

Hoffman recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly to shed some light on his decision to join the popular franchise – BUT BE WARNED!!! THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR BOTH CATCHING FIRE AND MOCKINGJAY!!!

Next Page: Hoffman’s SPOILER-FILLED talk about Catching Fire…

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  1. Hoffman is an incredible actor (one of my favorites). I wasn’t too crazy about ‘Hunger Games’ and I wasn’t particularly interested in seeing the sequel but with his involvement (even if just a little) I might actually go check it out.

    • I’ve read the books and really only liked the first book. The movie i actually thought was better. Having Hoffman in this role is really a perfect casting. His character doesnt get much screen time (unless the script changes) but he is sure to be a great addition to an otherwise “ok” movie.

  2. hoffman is a great actor but in this business you have to stay revelant and a big franchise can prolong that shelf life.

  3. I adore Hoffman, and am proud to have been a fan and discovered his talent loooong before the mainstream. I fell in love with him as far back as Scent of a Woman and predicted that he would be big one day.

    I am of course therefore worried about this. I’ve seen far too many great dramatic actors sell out their talent because they wanted the box office success to crown their critical success. Remember when Russel Crowe was actually a fantastic dramatic actor? Robert de Niro? Al Pacino? Johnny Depp?

  4. damn!!!!

    he shouldn’t be doing cheesy movies like this.

  5. TrillaDude Hunger Games are not cheesy and Philipp Hoffman fits the role perfectly.