“Almost Famous” Star on Filming Iconic Philip Seymour Hoffman Scene
The late Philip Seymour Hoffman had a remarkable film resume, but one of his most legendary roles was as Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous.”
While the film is endlessly quotable, one of the most memorable scenes centers on a scene between Bangs and William (Patrick Fugit, then only 16 years old), the boy at the center of it all.
“Oh man, you made friends with them,” Hoffman begins. The character continues to explain that while the rockers made him feel cool, people like him and William are “uncool,” noting that most of the great art in the world comes from that source.
Fugit spoke with “Entertainment Weekly” about filming that scene, which came after most of the rest of the cast had wrapped and he was exhausted.
“And then the last take, which is the take that’s in the movie, Cameron had Philip talk about how much fun I’ve been having on the film. He said something like, ‘You know, I don’t want you to worry even though you’re probably not going to see a lot of these people again. This has been an amazing experience, hasn’t it?’”
Fugit added, “And I started losing it; I started crying. And then Philip quickly started doing the lines again… and that was it. That was a wrap.”
Read the full interview over at ew.com.