Ethan Hawke On What Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted on February 12th, 2014 at 4:16 pm


Philip Seymour Hoffman’s inner circle speaks for the first time about the sudden and shocking death of the critically-acclaimed actor in Rolling Stone and RumorFix has a sneak peek.

Actor and long-time friend Ethan Hawke tells the magazine that he never saw Hoffman drink until he started acting in the 2012 Broadway play Death of a Salesman.

Playwright David Bar Katz, who discovered Hoffman’s lifeless body on February 2, adds, “That play tortured him.” Friends say he wasn’t the same after playing the tragic character; he would break into tears nightly.  “He was miserable throughout that entire run. No matter what he was doing, he knew that a 8:00 that night he’d do that to himself again,” Katz says. “If you keep doing that on a continual basis, it rewires your brain, and he was doing that to himself every night.”

Shortly after the production ended Hoffman told a friend that since he was sober for 23 years, he thought he could drink again “in moderation,” but a few months later he checked himself into rehab.

“He was a guy in his midforties who said to himself, ‘I never had a drink in my adult life.’ So maybe the adult thought he could handle it,” Katz said.

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