“Almost Famous” Director Cameron Crowe Shares His Memories Of Philip Seymour Hoffman And Now I’m Bummed Out

“He sat down and we talked about the meaning of the script and the commercialization of music and movies. And that’s where we bonded a bit. When he drove to the office, he’d seen a director on a billboard doing an endorsement for a product. So he referenced that as “the line is blurry now.” In the time of the script, musicians didn’t do commercials. The lines were clearly drawn. And he was very interested in exploring what that line was.”

Director Cameron Crowe spoke to Rolling Stone about Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Almost Famous,” in which he played the cranky rock music journalist Lester Bangs. He detailed Hoffman’s ability to pick up on so many nuances of Lester’s personality and discussed that much-loved scene when he and Patrick Fugit’s character bond over how uncool they are:

“I remember going for a walk afterwards and just being really surprised that the scene became a soul bonding. It was the ache and private glory of those two guys and the fact that Lester was going to give this kid some advice and yet they were brothers. Phil captured that. It wasn’t just a mentor and a young student. It was two guys alone in the world sharing their deepest feelings. That was a side of Lester I couldn’t believe I was seeing when I saw it. … He wasn’t yearning for a ton of feedback between every take. He set a course and was cutting through the water. You were just thrilled to watch him go.”

It’s nice to come across a positive memory shared of the actor as opposed to gruesome details about the end of his life. [Huffington Post]