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That Philip Seymour Hoffman is so cute as a gay man! I remember when I saw "Flawless," where Philip played a gay man next to Robert De Niro and, I have to admit, I almost cried at the end. It was so sad because I thought to myself:"This will be the last time that Philip will ever play gay." But I didn't cry, I just bought the DVD when "Flawless" came out and watched it over and over again, resigning myself to the fact that Philip would have to stay away from gay roles for fear of typecasting and that was a good thing. No great actor ever wants to be typecast and Philip is a great actor.

And then I saw this movie and I said to myself: "That Philip Seymour Hoffman is so amazing. He's playing gay again, but he's playing a real person in Truman Capote and nobody could ever accuse him of playing the same character again." And you know what? That made me happy and I just laughed and smiled and laughed some more and smiled some more and then eventually relaxed into sort of a permanent grinning state.

Now, I think it's important for me to point out right now that despite my love of actors and actresses playing gay characters, I myself am not gay at all, not that there's anything wrong with being gay. No, I am happily androgynous, but not like that strange character Pat from "Saturday Night Live." I just think that when actors play people not like themselves, the world benefits. People see that it's okay to be different and we get one step closer to world peace.

This film is based on the real story behind a movie and book that I just love so much called "In Cold Blood." Of course, anybody who's read "In Cold Blood" thinks of Truman Capote and then they automatically think of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and that's enough to make anyone happy forever. This movie is about the writing of "In Cold Blood" which took Capote a really long time to write. If you'll recall, that book is about the murder of a family and Capote gets inside the minds of the killers, Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.) and Richard Hickock (Mark Pellegrino). In this film, Capote develops a strong relationship with Perry Smith and becomes somewhat distraught by how much he likes Smith.

The revelation in this film is the acting of Clifton Collins Jr. The last time I remember seeing him, he was playing a wheelchair bound CIA agent in "Mindhunters." I just loved that film so much because of him and how he proved that the disabled are really the enabled because he was so smart and could think and get around in that chair really well and do the things that the other agents did, like Christian Slater and LL Cool J.

Another great thing about this film is that one of Truman Capote's best friends is Nelle Harper Lee (Catherine Keener), who wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird," one of the greatest books and the greatest book-to-film adaptations ever. Every time she was on screen, I was so happy remembering how much I loved her book.

Watching "Capote" is even better than eating at Chipotle.

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To Kill a Mockingbird is one

buzzerbill's picture

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the "greatest books"?  Compared to what?  Paris Hilton's autobiography?  If that is among the best that American Lit can offer, we are in a worse state of unculture than even I can imagine!

And as to "greatest book to film adaptation" (which in this case to my mind suggests something with all the power of, say Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle), what about The Right Stuff?  Or, say, Blade Runner?

Talk about shibboleths and false gods!

Take TKAM out of the canon, I say, give it three bombs, and insert something useful, like, say, Faster Pussycat, Kill!  Kill!




William Smith

Atlanta. GA

What's wrong with killing mockingbirds?

RidingFool's picture

We punch orphans, don't we?

Parts of the book were pretty funny

FearlessFreep's picture

Like when the judge charged Boo Radley with using bad language in the presence of a lady, explaining that he'd sworn so loudly that every lady in town could hear him.  Or the guy called X Billups because his illiterate parents had to write his name on his birth certificate. Or the expression "buying cotton" for someone who doesn't work.


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