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Philip Seymour Hoffman: The interviews

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses with the best

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses with the best actor Oscar he won for his work in "Capote" at the 78th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 5, 2006. (Credit: AP)

As Philip Seymour Hoffman fans and lovers of cinema continue to grapple with the actor's tragic death yesterday, I figured it would be valuable to look at a few of his TV interviews over the last few years. Not that these will help with "understanding" -- impossible -- but they at least will let you watch him explain his craft, and how it related to his life. 

Hoffman was not a regular on the talk show circuit, as you might imagine. Like James Gandolfini, whose death last summer also shocked the world, he was a New Yorker who protected his privacy and who understood that the city -- a kindred soul, I would imagine -- helped him to protect it. 

Here are a few interviews, beginning with a good one from George Stroumboulopoulos, on the CBC (from whence Strombo came.)

Also, you may want to watch this full half-hour interview from BAFTA, which was taped nearly three years ago. I've provided a brief clip below. The whole interview is quite good.

The last one here was recorded two years ago -- Rolling Stone's critic, Peter Travers, does the honors. Newsday app readers, please go to Newsday.com/tvzone to watch the clips.

Tags: Philip Seymour Hoffman , The Daily Show , George Stroumboulopoulos , Jon Stewart , Capote , Happyish

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