'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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