George Clooney on Philip Seymour Hoffman

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ABC News posted a segment of Popcorn with Peter Travers that starts out being a conversation with George Clooney about The Monuments Menbut turns into a bittersweet remembrance of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died Sunday of a suspected heroin overdose.

The Lexington native and Augusta-raised star recalled directing and co-staring with Hoffman in the political thriller The Ides of March (2011).

“Directing him was picking and choosing,” Clooney said. “It wasn’t, ‘Let me tell you what you should do.’ It was literally you turn him loose and he would do … What was so interesting about him is he would give you three choices, and I would three takes with him. Literally every scene would be three takes and the first would be very quiet, very calm; the second would be raging eyes, screaming, spitting, yelling; and then he gave you one in between. And it was so much fun, because he gave you options.”

Clooney said it was hard to celebrate the opening of The Monuments Men knowing the tragedy that had just taken place, and he told Travers Hoffman did not look good the last time they met.

“It’s hard to understand and heartbreaking,” Clooney said of Hoffman’s death.

Travers, the film critic for Rolling Stone magazine, also wrote a very personal remembrance of Hoffman, and reports are his death is hitting the cast of The Hunger Games — Mockingjay, Part 2, including Louisville’s Jennifer Lawrence, very hard. Hoffman reportedly had seven days of filming left for his role as Plutarch Heavensbee.

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