Philip Seymour Hoffman on New Film, 'The Master'

Oscar-winning actor on film about a man much like Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
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Transcript for Philip Seymour Hoffman on New Film, 'The Master'
The museum's. Yeah -- And their -- -- nuclear physicists and you don't call us. Beautiful okay. I think -- life. -- -- -- something. Customers surprised you most -- numbers and -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And please do people always you know yeah drew yeah. -- -- Hi everybody Peter Travers -- popcorn that we tell you what's happening at the movies and I think a major happening at the movies right now is the math that you just saw a scene from the movie starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and end because we'd like to bring people who actually in the movie we show you clips from. Here is bill. Period and there have been doing very -- -- though. What I don't have a generally feel good -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I don't oh yeah I think you do I think -- avoided if you're the mess up the fifth if if all of this the joke. And -- it was just on who is we're. No but this is -- -- -- for awhile but we're not this guy would start his own cult with the -- for -- computer equipment. When -- -- Anderson says. Phil I want you to be -- but what do you say well I think that figures is that this character be as accessible as possible that you don't. That when you meet him in the Colorado and get to -- over the probably don't judge him so much I think -- who succeeded at that that -- actually taken -- He's a real person you really take a man. And -- almost to see how he has brought so many people close to him in our urban so successful UCLA could function in the world you know he's not too. -- Crowder who eccentric he's been he's he's he's full of passion for his ideas. And the -- -- that is a really good -- And so those these things that we really wanted to -- No capitalize on is that of the oddity. And and so I think that's probably why. I one of the reasons why I think it was brought aboard for the park away you know. And and that's that's what we did you know it wasn't I didn't really never really -- -- it was kind of a -- her. -- -- religion -- and I -- it was a movement in my mind you know is a very successful movement you know I think. And I think that is what is I think when it is that the film -- gets it right at the point worth star vehicle that you know police start. Police started to twist in a way. And it might be might be turning into what might be turning into him. More than just a movement but at the time when you meet him he really is the -- of something that's working. The people are excited and -- and therefore you walking want him to -- And he is taken -- by that too because. He is affected by what he -- and actually -- you actually see that happen. Which is one of those great. Great moments the film actually see what the public and do what he does more -- now to transformative moment for both of them. -- get it out of the way. The whole idea that it's being -- Thompson -- -- you playing L Ron. Sure you're not -- you have labor I think you know we've pretty clear if you'll see is -- -- -- -- casino. Over footage. That I'm not even trying well -- fact. I'm thinking about many other. People are actually in my mind federal want to Orson Wells did OO dollars and wells little -- -- -- -- this certain kinds of people the kind of growth through you know. Personality economic kind of or you know. And because the film isn't you know it's and it's influenced or inspired by -- -- events -- -- -- intelligent but ultimately it is an awful about it. And so I did want to err on the outside because confused with in this movie there are moments which strike. In -- what they call processing and basement and meet be psychologists call auditing but I didn't know what while. Or you know -- it's -- while -- that a lot of -- lot of ways you can look at what even -- it kind of begin that it thing you're in -- these guys four -- but I think that kind of thing that kind of thing that happens it is also very reminiscent or acting class. Exercises. Coveted that the very the storytelling aspect of something getting out the truth and so my memories Mohammed review process. I think what Heath care. In the beginning the first scene where that's happening in this thing may now help and -- Frankie -- what I think president and then it Freddie and name. And then there's -- whole thing about no link. Well -- have made it ultimately care about them become monopoly because he -- ultimately would. But you put the actor Joaquin and the care who was struggling -- -- that's -- -- was the whole point. Was to stay that focus you know and that's I think you know I don't know where that comes I think that's all imagination all. Idea about what can I think that comes from people's mind and in -- how forward by god and push him -- to get him to. Be completely devoid of self you know and I mean this only thinking about the answer these questions about -- getting at something. Which he does get a it's a very successful. Meeting. I think in a good way I was following this quite a positive thing you know ultimately put a movie and that's why it's it's not so much again. -- -- related science policy and its relations but I think you know it from anything. I think many pure relate to having those moments though lives as well it's. You know with a friend or parent there are -- therapist or doctor or whatever where they've had a transformative moment with another person and that person becomes. -- mentor -- acting picture you know that that you have these moments we go to an exercise you do -- -- somebody in transformed. You think oh my god and think that can happen -- about it and and that's what happens in the film you know. And how powerful that is -- that the tool. But does that mean now that they will be connected for life does that mean now you know remain as -- lot that goes with. I don't think the -- -- now does not supposed to because like for like that if but movies -- to me the audiences and they'd like to be told you're like this -- gotten pretty sure they know this is up for this of the story about that -- never never and -- -- of -- that I can happen any of you and what he didn't know which. For the Phil -- -- a couple times you know but no we didn't know it from the I needed to meet again. It's when he won the Oscar for -- that threatened if you're watching at home. You see did not -- -- -- and -- it's Joaquin Phoenix in walk the line that he -- cat -- now you're Travolta. David Banda is Edward. Is there any kind but -- -- that you guys feel when you. Started working on the -- that you can talk about -- -- you know that no never have are his we were acquaintances. We. It never came -- It was weird doesn't burn with resentment of no god. We've no in the you'd never really go on of his profession. Hewlett. The but it's -- is you know that's that's the way is but the balance the Whipple what is that things that. We literally met each other the first rehearsal remember talking about whatever -- Never talked about any time -- before. You know might -- -- public in general terms you know. All in all those groups that group of people that you know but it was never it was -- we never specifically park you being here anytime -- -- action on. Which -- kind of great. Those here you know world. -- -- So. The year and and world. Did that I mean.

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