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Monday 3 February 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman 'Almost Famous' Quote + Clip + Cameron Crowe speaks

Quite possibly one of the best quotes by a character played by deceased actor Philip Seymour HoffmanThis.

Hoffman offer wise words to Patrick Fugit’s character William Miller in 'Almost Famous'.

He imparts THIS important life lesson to William: “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we're uncool.”

Utterly true. It's SO very easy to be loved and revered when we are cool, happy, popular. It is during our darkest hours, when we are completely uncool and have nothing to offer except our vulnerability that we have something truly valuable to share - if those around us are accepting of this raw, honest, hard to handle time.


Cameron Crowe, the man that wrote and directed 'Almost Famous' took to his official website (funnily titledTheUncool.com -that's how much Philip's famous scene impacted him) to tell the story of filming the scene. Read his words on it, then watch the scene below.

"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."


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