In what will come as a surprise to no one who knows Bob, he's seen way more of them than I have. And he owns several of them. Although I've seen several of the films listed in this filmography, I only remember Hoffman's performances in two of them: Capote and Doubt.
Flawless was not one of his films that I'd seen.
Here is a synopsis, from imdb.com:
An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons—with the drag queen next door.
The official trailer:
My thoughts about this movie:
- I thoroughly enjoyed it, although critically, it was generally believed to be "formulaic" and contain "uneven performances."
- In the Fresh Air interview, Philip Seymour Hoffman On Acting: An 'Exhausting' and 'Satisfying' Art, which I'd heard shortly before watching this film, PSH talked about the challenges he had playing a drag queen, which made it even more interesting to watch.
- Wikipedia's description of the reception of the movie says this about PSH, which I totally agree with: "Hoffman was praised by critics for his ability to avoid clichés in playing such a delicate role. Todd VanDerWerff praised the warmth of his portrayal of Rusty, commenting that 'Hoffman’s work is quiet, moving, and humanistic, and it provides the film with a core Schumacher doesn’t remotely earn. No matter; this is another movie worth seeing almost entirely for the titanic work Hoffman does near its center.' Roger Ebert highlighted Hoffman as 'one of the best new character actors', remarking that he was 'able to take a flamboyant role and find the quiet details in it'."
- It's always interesting to watch someone who is extremely homophobic gradually have a change of heart as they meet and eventually befriend "a real life gay." De Niro did a good job in portraying such a transformation in his character, New York police officer, Walter Koontz.
Have you seen this movie? If so, what did you think of it?