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Philip Seymour Hoffman is about to pop his director cherry with JACK GOES BOATING!

Published at: Jan. 16, 2009, 2:53 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Way back in 2001 I was in New York with the express purpose of attending THE SEAGULL, a free show in Central Park that was directed by Mike Nichols and starred everybody from John Goodman to Meryl Streep to Natalie Portman to Kevin Kline to Christopher Walken. To be very honest, the biggest draw for me was Walken. It was a great trip... the play was great and the night camping out in Central Park for the free tickets was incredibly memorable. I got to see everybody leaving from the show and had the chance to talk to a very drunk John Goodman for a good 20 minutes. In that show, playing the suicidal Konstantine was an actor who, at that time, was mostly known to me as Brant from THE BIG LEBOWSKI. I had seen some of Philip Seymour Hoffman's indie work at this point, but he wasn't the big draw for me. He blew me away in the play and since the has become one of my favorite working actors. Wow, that's a long way to say that some news hit this morning about Hoffman's directorial debut... sorry for the very long intro, but it's what sprung to mind, especially hearing his debut was a stage adaptation. According to Variety Hoffman will co-star in and direct JACK GOES BOATING, with GONE BABY GONE and THE OFFICE's Amy Ryan co-starring and John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega reprising their roles from the stage. It is described as an unconventional romantic comedy (has Hoffman even done a conventional one?) involving cooking and swimming lessons and illegal drugs. Overture Films will fund and it stars lensing next month in NYC. Now ya' know!


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  • Jan. 16, 2009, 2:59 a.m. CST

    sounds cool

    by Juror Number 8

    i'll check anything out with hoffman. he's just one of those actors who seems to choose the right movies. hell even MI3 was pretty badass.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3 a.m. CST

    Saw the play. Interesting, if a bit of a mess.

    by Bungion Boy

    The play had some incredibly beautiful and hilariously funny scenes. Also some terribly bizarre structure and storytelling. I remember a scene in which they all do cocaine coming (I felt) way too late in the play. It being a LAByrinth play, one of the best things about it was how authentic it felt in terms of the New York settings. Hoffman was terrific in his role, very odd character with dreadlocks and obsessed with reggae music. Amy Ryan would be an excellent match for him in the role of the timid, sheltered woman he falls for. I absolutely love John Ortiz and thought he was great in the play and I look forward to him being better known on screen. I didn't really care for Vega in the play, but she's a LAByrinth member so of course she'll get her part. This is not my favorite play I've seen at LAByrinth. That would either be Jesus Hopped the A Train or Our Lady of 121st Street. Either of those would make excellent films as well. But for the time being, I'll look forward to this. Hope it works on film the way that (most of it) worked on stage.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:14 a.m. CST

    I KNEW ABOUT THIS MONTHS AGO

    by electricjones

    BUT THEN AGAIN....I KNOW THE LOCATIONS MANAGER

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Electric Jones

    by Willyer Hero

    Ooh. You're really cool! Caps lock loser.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:18 a.m. CST

    buy a boat take it to water and escape lifes problems

    by ThePilgrim

    invite a down on her life chick to tag along. Is this the plot?

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:51 a.m. CST

    I knew electricjones was an asshole hours ago

    by sloanist

    BUT THEN AGAIN... SO DOES ANYONE WHO READS HIS POST ABOVE.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 4:53 a.m. CST

    I Am Jack's Inner Sailor

    by Broseph

    PSH Is An Amazing Talent.One Of The Best Actors Alive Today.Any word on when Synedoche,New York comes out on dvd?

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 5:41 a.m. CST

    LET'S SHIT OUR PANTS BECAUSE OF CAPITAL LETTERS

    by electricjones

    DOESN'T ANYONE CARE ABOUT THE LOCATIONS DEPARTMENT OR TIMELY REPORTING? or are we just shit our pants talking about the merits of upper- and lowercase letters. you two are pathetic.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 5:48 a.m. CST

    CORRECTION

    by electricjones

    shitting*...I CAN'T FUCKING IMAGINE HOW PETRIFIED YOUR TINY ERECTIONS BECAME AFTER SPOTTING THAT TYPO

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 7:07 a.m. CST

    CAPITAL LETTERS

    by Tin Snoman

    ARE AWESOME

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST

    If Hoffman is still M:I-3 Chubby...

    by Seth_Brundle

    Then he'll pop his director's chair!

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT SOMEONE KNEW SOMETHING AT SOME POINT

    by dr sauch

    FUCK YEAH!

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    I saw it at the Public Theatre in New York.

    by Lenny Nero

    He directed the play, too. It's pretty fucking weird, but it's also awkwardly sweet. <p>For those AICN readers in the Bay Area, Berkeley's Aurora Theatre will stage their own version of it this spring, if you're interested.

  • Jan. 17, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    DON'T LET LETTERS RUIN YOU LIFE! TRY TO IGNORE THEM!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    THEY ARE JUST CAPITAL LETTERS. NO ONE IS SHOUTING AT YOU. THAT IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD.