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George Clooney Starts Monuments Men Premiere With Touching Tribute To Philip Seymour Hoffman

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George Clooney was premiering his new movie The Monuments Men in New York on Tuesday night. But before the film began, he wanted to first have the audience take a moment to remember Philip Seymour Hoffman.

George co-starred and directed Philip in their 2011 film The Ides of March. George told the audience that he could not start the night before addressing the tragic loss of the Oscar-winning actor.

George said:

"I wanted to start by saying it's very odd to be here in New York, particularly a couple of days after a good friend of ours has passed away. It makes it difficult, and I think it's the elephant in the room for a lot of us here.”

Many of The Monuments Men stars had also worked with Philip in the past, including Matt Damon who starred in The Talented Mr. Ripley with him in 1999.

He continued his heartfelt tribute, saying:

"It's senseless and it's sad. But Phil will be greatly missed. It’s hard to be here tonight with that weighing over us. I just wanted to say that.”

A truly great loss.

R.I.P.

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