Philip Seymour Hoffman on Synechdoche, NY


As usual, Coming Soon’s Edward Douglas delivers a top-notch interview when he speaks with Philip Seymour Hoffman about Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York.

Here’s a taste:

Coming Soon: When you first got the screenplay from Charlie, what were your impressions of it? Was there enough on the page that you could read through it and understand where it’s going? There’s a lot of stuff that’s visual and very intricate in terms of the setting. Was that all on the page?

Hoffman: Pretty much, yeah, it’s all on the page. It’s weird because everyone knows it’s a visual medium, and sometimes I’ll be in script meetings with producers, and I’m like maybe there’ll be a scene and they’ll be like I’m not quite getting it, and I’m like, “Well it says right there…” And they don’t get it, and I’m like “Yeah, because you’re going to see it. You haven’t seen it yet. That actor has to act that.” ‘Cause the question is actually interesting because yes and no, of course, yes, I got an idea, my own vision, like when you’re reading a book.

Synecdoche, New York opens in New York and L.A. on October 24, before hopefully spreading out in the following weeks. Its tough battle to get distribution at all means it may not hit many markets in the US before leaving theaters, so please, if you live in New York and L.A. (and, of course, if you have any interest in the film), see it soon. Strong, early showings are the only way films like this — intelligent, truly independent films — stands a chance at a wider release.

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Posted on October 20, 2008 at 06:41 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by causticsoda
    on 2008-10-20 at 22:06

    Synecdoche is one of my favorite literary terms, and I’ve been waiting for this movie for a very long time. I’m glad I live in NYC now!

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