Video: Philip Seymour Hoffman on heroes

The late Philip Seymour Hoffman explains why great people are more complicated than we know.

Philip Seymour Hoffman at a press conference for The Ides of March in 2011.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has died aged 46, was known for playing flawed or anguished individuals, men tormented by their own failings and inadequacies. In this short extract from a BFI London Film Festival press conference for The Ides of March in 2011, Hoffman explains why he doesn’t believe in heroes and that the joy of being an actor is the chance “to demystify what it means to be a human being”. 

Watch the press conference in full.

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