Now you are here, at 7:43. Now you are here, at 7:44. Now you are…

philip-seymour-hoffman
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
[over radio]

Millicent Weems: What was once before you – an exciting, mysterious future – is now behind you. Lived; understood; disappointing. You realize you are not special. You have struggled into existence, and are now slipping silently out of it. This is everyone’s experience. Every single one. The specifics hardly matter. Everyone’s everyone. So you are Adele, Hazel, Claire, Olive. You are Ellen. All her meager sadnesses are yours; all her loneliness; the gray, straw-like hair; her red raw hands. It’s yours. It is time for you to understand this.

Millicent Weems: Walk.

Millicent Weems: As the people who adore you stop adoring you; as they die; as they move on; as you shed them; as you shed your beauty; your youth; as the world forgets you; as you recognize your transience; as you begin to lose your characteristics one by one; as you learn there is no-one watching you, and there never was, you think only about driving – not coming from any place; not arriving any place. Just driving, counting off time. Now you are here, at 7:43. Now you are here, at 7:44. Now you are…

Millicent Weems: Gone.


In memory Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23,1967 – February 2, 2014)


Credits: Image.  Script: Schonweider from the Movie “Synecdoche, New York” available at Amazon here.

Comments

  1. A tragic death and a very emotional, tough read this morning (or any time of day).

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    • Yes Mimi. After my “tough” travel Day yesterday, this “tough read” was a necessary wake-up call to appreciate every moment that I have, difficult, smooth, beautiful or otherwise.

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  2. I couldn’t agree more–such sorrow to hear of this gifted actor’s passing. Listened to replays of a couple of past interviews with Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air” yesterday–intense, dedicated, articulate, honest, real….
    http://www.npr.org/2014/02/03/270954011/philip-seymour-hoffman-on-acting-an-exhausting-and-satisfying-art

    Good luck today, DK. Sending good energy your way. I know you’ll find something to laugh about (or make us laugh about) no matter what transpires….

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  3. yes, here and gone. your footprint disappearing in the sand, yet forever imprinted on the hearts you touched.

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  4. A tragic loss!

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  5. Agree to all of the above. PSH was one of my favorite actors.

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  6. Excellent! So very well done. Delicate, direct yet subtle. Reblog!

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Excellent way of stating life’s reality! RIP ….

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  8. In my simple way I hope I never turn out to to think like this…

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  9. So sad, he was a very talented actor, and 2 months younger than I am… One of my favorite movies he was in is State and Main http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120202/

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  10. and now you are gone……so sad

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  11. I saw him perform live in The Merchant of Venice , London 1994. He was fantastic. Very sad.

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  12. Truly haunting…and terribly sad. If we can only find peace within ourselves each day.

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  13. We were really shocked and sorry to hear of this tragic loss. What a talented actor, and so young.

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