Getting into the process

Old friends make new memories

Although “Capote” helmer Bennett Miller and topliner Philip Seymour Hoffman have been buddies since age 16, Miller learned a thing or two about his pal during lensing, the director revealed Monday at Variety‘s post-screening Q&A at the ArcLight.

“Philip has a very anguished process. Acting is very brutal and uncomfortable for him, and, quite frankly, it gets very uncomfortable and brutal to be around him,” said the tyro feature helmer.

Hoffman couldn’t contest the assessment.

“This role wasn’t fucking easy,” thesp said of his critically hailed turn as Truman Capote, the spotlight-seeking, gossip-mongering author of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood.” “Acting is all about being private in front of an audience, and that’s very challenging for anyone. Everyday we all put on our armor to go out and face the world. We all ask each other, ‘How are you doing?,’ but we don’t want to know what’s really going on. We want to keep things private.”

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