Philip Seymour Hoffman hoped his death would 'scare someone clean,' screenwriter Aaron Sorkin says

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman backstage at the 63rd

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman backstage at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards with his award for best actor, drama for "Capote" at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 16, 2006 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Credit: Getty Images / Kevin Winter)

Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, in a Time magazine obituary of Philip Seymour Hoffman, says the actor hoped that if he died of a heroin overdose, he might at least inspire other users to try to quit.

Sorkin, 52, described himself and his "Charlie Wilson's War" star as "both recovering drug addicts," and recalled Hoffman "said this: 'If one of us dies of an overdose, probably 10 people who were about to won't.'

"He meant that our deaths would make news and maybe scare someone clean."


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Sorkin implored people not to consider that Hoffman's death was caused "from an overdose of heroin -- he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he'd just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine."

Meanwhile, Sunday's "60 Minutes" will rebroadcast Steve Kroft's 2006 interview with Hoffman, in which he discussed his problems with addiction. It includes previously unseen footage.

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