by Anura Guruge
I actually liked Philip Seymour Hoffman. He was one of the very few actors that I recognize. Though I watch movies every night, on TV, I am beyond useless when it comes to identifying and remembering actors and actresses — unless they are mega famous and I have seen them in at least 20 different movies. I drive folks, especially Deanna, nuts — because she was talk about so and so, and I will have no idea as to who she is talking about. The best that I can do, most times, is to say, when watching a movie is: ‘didn’t we see him (or her) in another movie recently’. Anyway, Hoffman was one of those that I kind of knew who he was — though until his death on Sunday I had no idea as to what his name was. That said. I am fed up of hearing about his death. As far as I am concerned he was a loser and I don’t like a monkey’s that he died. If he was stupid enough to be a drug addict that is his problem. Yes, I feel bad for his three young kids — BUT he should have thought about that.
But, before you start piling on me for being crass and insensitive, check the title. My gripe is with CELEBRITY addicts whether they be the Beatles, The Rolling Stones or an actor.
I can fully relate to ‘normal’ folks, struggling through life, turning to alcohol or drugs to assuage the pain. That is my feeling when some rich, famous celebrity starts going ‘woe is me’! I just want to yell: ‘Hey, try MY LIFE for a day and see how YOU like it’. My attitude, as with most things, is quite simplistic. If I can struggle through my life without recourse to drugs and booze, you too should be able to.
[[And yes in case you are thinking that I am an alcoholic, you should come and spend a day with me. For all my talk of wine, I only drink 1/2 a glass of red wine, diluted, a day. If I am at a restaurant the most I will drink is one glass of wine. I never did drugs though I hung out, daily, with some very heavy drug users. I refused drugs because I liked my life and didn’t want to miss even a second of it through an impaired state of mind! Yes, I was weird even when I was young. So, basically I didn’t do drugs because I was scared that I might miss experiencing life like it was.]]
Yes, I also know that money doesn’t buy you happiness, but having hung around some very rich people, I also know that money helps you to be miserable in grand style. And that is what bugs me about these idiots. What is your problem? Walk in my shoes for a 1/2 mile. [[Yes, I know there are folks in worse straits than I, but it is all relative.]]
Anyway, all these media coverage over the last 48 hours just bugged me. No sympathy. IF he was a homeless vet, I would feel bad. I might even feel guilty that I should have tried to help. This guy withdraws $1,200 from ATMs within an hour and uses that to buy drugs. How many homeless people did he walk past? He should be ashamed. Maybe if he gave to the poor, on a regular basis, he might have realized how good he had it.