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

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