Roger Ebert Wanted Philip Seymour Hoffman To Play Him In Biopic - Deets On What Could Have Been HERE
We would probably have given Philip Seymour Hoffman two thumbs up if he performed the role of Roger Ebert, but now that can never be.
At a recent screening of the documentary Life Itself, which focused on Roger's life, Chaz Ebert, his widow, brought up Roger's wish to have Philip portray him in film if a movie was ever made about his life:
"Roger always said, 'If you ever do a movie where you need someone to play me, I want Philip Seymour Hoffman to play me.' He was one of the most versatile actors ever, and he also was a brilliant man [and] human being — just very smart."
In fact, Chaz talked about this potential acting role as recent as the Sundance Film Festival:
"When we were at Sundance, I was talking to someone about that. I didn't see Phil at Sundance, but I was talking to someone, saying, 'You know he's here. I heard Roger would like [Hoffman] to play him in a movie, what do you think about that?' We were just talking about that last week, so…Roger and I thought he was just terrific. We thought he was one of the best actors of any age. He was just so versatile, and he was a brilliant, very smart human being."
We hope both Roger and Philip are resting in peace.