Happiness, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Charlie Wilson’s War”

“I would definitely say pleasure is not happiness. Because I would say I kill pleasure. I take too much of it and make it un-pleasurable… and I do that to pleasure often… there is no pleasure that I haven’t actually made myself sick on.”

Question: If we are so keen on being happy, why do we spend so much time in the dark watching people like you play miserable creatures?

Answer: “[Because acting can be] so brutally honest. In a way that you think ‘I would have never put it that way, but that’s it.’ And you’re relieved that somebody actually got it down on paper.”

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