The New Yorker Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman


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There have been many tributes to Philip Seymour Hoffman this week, perhaps none simpler or more touching than Tom Toro’s cartoon in The New Yorker. The image shows Hoffman – as Brandt from The Big Lebowski – walking away with his shadow lengthening behind him as the Dude comments on his passing.

For those unfamiliar with The Big Lebowski (hard to believe but there must be some, surely), Toro’s cartoon is a reference to this scene, memorable for introducing into popular culture the concept of “the royal we”, and to a recurring joke in the film about the Dude’s rug.

You can read Hoffman’s thoughts on the role and the film here.

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