We can already hear the accent Philip Seymour Hoffman is going to use when he’s bringing it as Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire. You know, the one he uses all the time? The one where he sort of sounds like Oscar Wilde, and he just woke up from a century-long nap? So, how are we so sure PSH is going to kill it as the Head Gamemaker of the 75th Hunger Games/secret rebel leader, now that he’s been officially confirmed for next year’s Hunger Games sequel? Maybe because he’s been playing Plutarch Heavensbee his entire career (excluding Along Came Polly) (which should always be excluded) Not that he was, you know, doing it intentionally, but let’s be honest: PSH’s previous roles definitively demonstrate that he is perfect for the job. Need more proof? We’re happy to refresh your PSH memory:
Lester Bangs, Almost Famous (2012)
Imagine PSH channeling the same condescension and kindness as his Lester Bangs, except now he’s rescuing teen warriors via hovercraft. VIA HOVERCRAFT, PEOPLE.
Truman Capote, Capote (2005)
If Philip Seymour Hoffman can transform himself into saucy, arrogant Truman Capote, he can transform himself into saucy, arrogant Plutarch. Plus you could totally see him passing off a mockingjay pin as a carefully-cultivated fashion choice rather than, you know, the symbol of a nation-rending political rebellion.
Owen Davian, Mission: Impossible 3 (2006)
Arch. So, so deliciously arch. Has ever a man been so arch? We also like the image of Hoffman’s villain flying backwards into a punchbowl when Katniss shots an arrow into the roasted pig’s apple. There has to be a flashback to Heavensbee’s tiny cameo in Hunger Games, so help us blog…