John Hurt on Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death: ‘It’s Hit Me Very Hard’

John Hurt co-starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2003 film 'Owning Mahowny.' (Hurt photo: Jon Furniss Photography/Invision/AP Images; Hoffman photo: Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

John Hurt co-starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2003 film ‘Owning Mahowny.’ (Hurt photo: Jon Furniss Photography/Invision/AP Images; Hoffman photo: Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

With news of Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s untimely death yesterday (February 2) at age 46 still painfully fresh, the tributes are pouring in for the Oscar-winning star, many of them from Britain. Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor star John Hurt, who was among the many actors paying their respects. At the London Film Critics’ Award last night, Hurt told BBC NEWS, “I can’t tell you how I feel right now. It’s hit me very hard… He was a great actor, a great member of the film and theater community. An extraordinary talent, directorially as well as an actor. He’ll be greatly missed.”

Here’s a clip of that interview, which also features actor Steve Coogan expressing his sadness and admiration for Hoffman’s talent:

Hurt co-starred with Hoffman in 2003 drama Owning Mahowny, in which Hoffman played the titular Mahowny, a compulsive gambler who can’t find his way out of addiction. Hurt portrayed an Atlantic City casino manager watching Mahowny go on his downward spiral. (British star Minnie Driver also co-starred as Mahowny’s fiancée.) The late Roger Ebert gave the film “four stars”, singling out Hoffman’s performance as “a masterpiece of discipline and precision.”

Here’s the trailer for the film:

Speaking of Driver, she tweeted this yesterday upon learning the sad news:

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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