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'Capote' actor's death is sad loss of talent

April 3, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 2, 2014 at 11:03 p.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

I first saw the author Truman Capote (1924-84) when I was quite young, on the Johnny Carson "Tonight Show." My first impression of Capote was that of a very eccentric and somewhat odd person, especially by his speaking voice and appearance. However, he was extremely precise and accurate in research, especially for his most famous work in 1966, which was "In Cold Blood." This was a gruesome account of a Kansas farm family that was brutally murdered by drifters in November 1951.

Also, I viewed the movie about Truman Capote, simply titled "Capote," which was an awesomely re-enacted characterization of the author throughout the entire movie, while he was trying to research and write the novel, "In Cold Blood," by the late and most talented actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Philip Seymour Hoffman received a best actor Oscar for this endeavor, "Capote," in 2005, not to exclude numerous other Tony, Emmy and Oscar nominations received in his lifetime, which ended February 2014 from a heroin overdose.

For several decades, Mr. Hoffman had kicked his addictions, the heroin being the worst, but even after so many years of brilliant career success, talent and opportunity, seemed to have found an unexpected trigger to reactivate his demons - a man with a loving family and numerous, now very sad, friends and family.

Sometimes I feel that great artists of film and even authors get themselves so emotionally enveloped in the character they are trying to portray, that they become emotionally overwhelmed and stressed out. An addiction expert named Joe Schrank adds: "The craving is very intense, and the withdrawal is very real."

Lynette K. Brown, Victoria

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