The third film in The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 1 is the beginning of the end for this popular series of sequels. Taken from Suzanne Collins’ superb dystopian adventure tale of “everygirl” hero Katniss Everdeen and the world of Panem, a country of 13 districts ruled by one called the Capital which is run by President Snow.
While the Independent Spirit Awards paid tribute to the passing of three entertainment professionals who made an impact in the world of independent films, the cause of death for Philip Seymour Hoffman was revealed to be similar to that of John Belushi. A toxic mixture of heroin and cocaine – otherwise known as a “speedball” combined with amphetamine, and benzodiazepine all contributed to the award winning actor’s accidental demise.
If there was ever any question as to just how talented the late Philip Seymour Hoffman was the answer could be revealed by watching the actor in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as Plutarch Heavensbee and he proved his worth in that introductory role. Hoffman’s screen time was not much in relation to his co-stars, with the exception of Donald Sutherland who shares about the same amount of time in front of the camera.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment with a needle still in his arm and surrounded by bags of heroin on Sunday February 2; the second actor to die from this drug, Cory Monteith died last year on July 13 both men are connected through a singular problem; addiction. There was 15 years between them, Monteith was 31 years-old when he died and Hoffman 46. One was on his way up and Hoffman was well established as a masterful actor on stage and screen. The common theme that both shared was their addictive craving for drugs and their solitary deaths.
Philip Seymour Hoffman and his untimely death has made headlines across the world and in the sense that the surprising news of his demise has stunned fans of actor, it feels almost like Paul Walker revisited. Both men were well known; Walker for the Fast & Furious film franchise and his philanthropic philosophy and Hoffman for his powerhouse acting skills. The news that Hoffman had been found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment with a needle in his arm, the apparent victim of an overdose, has shocked the Hollywood community.