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Philip Seymour Hoffman Shared a Career-Defining Tip from ‘The Master’ with Jeremy Strong

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Hoffman always believed playing a real person on screen was more about the actor than the subject.

THE MASTER, Philip Seymour Hoffman, 2012. ph: Phil Bray/©Weinstein Company/courtesy Everett Collection

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Fresh off his Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series thanks to HBO’s “Succession,” Jeremy Strong is now officially part of the Oscar race with the release of Aaron Sorkin’s new Netflix political drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Strong is featured in Sorkin’s heavy-hitting ensemble as Jerry Rubin, the anti-war social activist and co-founder of the Youth International Party. Whatever challenges that came with playing a real-life person were made easier by a career-defining tip the late Philip Seymour Hoffman shared with Strong before his passing.

“I remember having a conversation with Phil Hoffman when he was getting ready to do ‘The Master,’” Strong told The Playlist this week in an interview. “And I started going on and on about L. Ron Hubbard. And eventually [Hoffman] was like, ‘No. You’re doing work as an actor to find an essence in yourself. You’re not trying to play, you’re not doing an impersonation.’”

Hoffman was something of an expert of playing real-life people by the time he was prepping for his role as religious cult leader Lancaster Dodd in “The Master,” as he had won the Oscar for Best Actor with his performance as author Truman Capote in Bennett Miller’s 2005 drama “Capote.” For Hoffman, tackling a real person was less about capturing the essence of the subject and more about finding that same essence within yourself.

It’s not surprising Hoffman shut Strong down over questions about L. Ron Hubbard in regards to “The Master.” While Paul Thomas Anderson used elements of Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard while scripting the drama, Hoffman often rejected the idea in interviews that he was playing a film version of Hubbard.

“Paul used elements of L Ron Hubbard to fill in the story and the character, but I didn’t really because I wasn’t really playing him,” Hoffman told The Independent in 2014. “He’s a fictitious character. So I tried to think of a lot of other things in myself. I was very literal about it. I wasn’t interested in playing L. Ron Hubbard, because, ultimately, it wasn’t his story, so I didn’t want it to be confusing.”

Strong and Hoffman were friends from the New York City theater scene, but they never got to star in a major feature together. Strong’s work in Sorkin’s “Chicago 7” is now streaming on Netflix.

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Radhika Apte reveals real reason why she got married

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Radhika Apte needs no introduction to Kollywood fans after her appearance as Superstar Rajinikanth’s wife in ‘Kabali’ directed by Pa Ranjith.  The intense actress impressed with her performance of a meek girl to a mother of a grown-up and especially her reunion scene with Rajini took the audience on an emotional ride.

Radhika is happily married to her British boyfriend Benedict Taylor who is a singer and she shuttles between Mumbai and London to balance her personal and professional life.

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Radhika is currently chilling with Taylor in their London home during the lockdown and will soon start filming her next English film ‘Noor Inayat Khan’ in which she plays a spy based on a true story.

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Jacqueline Fernandez shares picture of her being in ‘happy place’

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Actor Jacqueline Fernandez is working on a secret project where she found herself in a ‘happy place’. Taking it to Instagram on Sunday, the 35-year-old actor shared a picture dressed up like a traffic police officer as she is seen laughing her heart out.

“How was everyone’s Sunday?? Fun project coming up soon! #myhappyplace,” wrote Fernandez along with a picture where she is also seen holding a coffee mug. The ‘Kick’ actor also shared a few Instagram stories of her getting ready for the upcoming project.

Recently, the actor extended gratitude to her fans after the number of Instagram followers hit the 46 million mark.

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Why an ‘active’ approach to risk modelling is key to navigating markets today

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Whilst risk model provider EValue’s quantitative approach to asset allocation takes into account the long-term performance of different asset classes and the likely future performance given current valuations, along with long-term measures of volatility and correlations with other asset classes. Yet as with most systems of its kinds, EValue focuses on the long term; it is unable to analyse short-term market movements and fluctuations. So whilst it would have seen that in Q1 2020 markets fell by a record percentage before rebounding, it will not be able to factor in the cost of the coronavirus and lockdown and its impact on markets. Similarly, it is not able to consider ongoing Brexit woes, geo-political trade wars or the outcome of the US election in 2020.

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