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This review is from: Flawless [DVD] (DVD)
Phillip Seymour Hoffman's death has touched most of us. We feel a personal loss. Today, I heard an interview Seymour Hoffman gave to Terry Gross on a. 'Fresh Air' program about his career. One of the first roles he really coveted was that of playing a transgendered woman, opposite Robert DeNiro. I had not seen this film, today I did.
Seymour Hoffman talked about how he found the personna of Rusty, the transgendered woman. He read all he could, and he met with several transgendered women. He studied their habits. He was a 5ft 10 in 200 lb man with a very deep voice trying to fit into the body of a female. Watching the film, you forget this is a man, Seymour Hoffman, he has become Rusty, and that was his greatness. He became the character. Although he concluded that Rusty was ugly, not to me. She became a woman with soul and guts, someone looking for love.
DeNiro plays a retired Security Guard, who was once a hero, and now is recovering from a stroke. He had nothing but negatives to say about the transgendered community, and even though they were neighbors, they never saw eye to eye. That is, until, De Niro's character, Walter Koontz needs Rusty. Learning to sing would help in his recovery, and he hires Rusty. It begins as a rocky relationship and ends up as friendship. This is a poignant film with a wacky charm.
We will not see the likes of Phillip Seymour Hoffman again, what a sad, sad day. Bless his soul.
Recommended. prisrob 02-03-14