Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's life was short lived when his struggle with addiction led to his untimely death this week. Known for his extraordinary passion on screen the actor also shared a passion for Christianity and Jesus Christ.
In the book A Jesuit Off-Broadway, Father James Martin, S.J.-who served as a theological consultant-explains his experiences as a consultant to the 2005 off-Broadway production "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" in which Hoffman served as the director.
In Martins book Oscar-winning actor Hoffman is mentioned for his theology of God and his philosophy of acting. Hoffman whom was raised Roman Catholic said that Masses really turned him off. "Lots of rote repetition, pretty boring and sometimes really brutal" Martin quoting the actor in his book.
The book goes on to say that Hoffman's perspective changed when one of his two sisters became active in a Christian evangelical movement, to which she still belongs today.
"She encouraged her brother to accompany her to meetings with her friends, and Phil went along happily.'There was something that was so heartfelt and emotional,' he said. 'Nothing about it felt crazy at all. And my sister was certainly the sanest person you could ever meet. It all felt very real, very guttural, even rebellious'" wrote Martin.
In the book Fr Martin stated that Hoffman loved the idea of a young, sane, generous, intelligent, Christian person, and the sense of community he felt with his sister and her church friends.
Martin goes on to explain that even though Hoffman loved the idea and feeling he could not find himself to go all the way in his commitment to God. "'It was a little too much for me,' he said. 'And by that time I was more into partying and acting,'" he wrote.
Fr Martin wrote that Hoffman called himself a believer and prayed from time to time. He also described the actor's annoyance with people who were bias against Christian actors. Hoffman was portrayed as someone who admired Jesus.
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"My image of Jesus is someone who is exciting," he said after the show had closed. Though that word is too infrequently used to describe Jesus, I agreed with him. "Were he alive today, he would be causing havoc!"
Unfortunately Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment on Sunday from an apparent heroin overdose injected in his veins. The actor was found dead in his apartment bathroom with the syringe still stuck in his arm.
Fans were devastated at the news of his death and this particular fan says he hopes that the actor is in a better place.
"While we don't know for certain where he was in relationship with the Lord Jesus, your comments offer much hope. I don't keep up on celebrity news much, but I often pray for actors" he posted on patheos.com.
To read the entire excerpt click here:"The Gospel According to Philip Seymour Hoffman."