‘Happyish’ Creator on Philip Seymour Hoffman: ‘The Biggest, Brokenest Heart of Anyone I Have Ever Met’

'Happyish' Creator on Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'The Biggest, Brokenest Heart of Anyone I Have Ever Met'

Show is in question after Hoffman's death

Shalom Auslander, who created the Showtime series in which Philip Seymour Hoffman was to star, remembered the actor Monday as having “the biggest, brokenest heart of anyone I have ever met.”

Hoffman was the lead in Auslander's “Happyish,” about a frazzled advertising executive who struggles with how much selling out is too much selling out. The series had shot only a pilot before Hoffman died Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose. He was 46.

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“This planet is no damned place to have a heart, and Phil had the biggest, brokenest heart of anyone I have ever met,” Auslander said. “He was a beautiful person in a hideous world. Great actor, too.”

Showtime has not made any decision on whether to continue with “Happyish,” which would require recasting Hoffman.

  • Rebecca

    :(

    • franmer

      my thoughts exactly. I am so saddened by this news. My favorite actor.

  • Patrice Mitsos

    I'm still devasted by the news. It happened a week ago, and I spent some of the weekend watching four of Hoffman's films. And I want to see more of them. He was such a gifted actor…the best of his generation. And to read the article above about his huge heart, and being too good for the world in which he lived. It breaks my heart even moreso.
    I wish he could come back to life, and be healthy.