"When I play somebody gay, I never think of it as 'I'm playing a gay character.' It's interesting to play all the different aspects of the character. There's something else about the character that's pulling me there that I identify with. With Flawless, it's not that he was gay -- I found it more interesting that he thought he was a woman. With Capote, it's the story that he had as an artist. And in Boogie Nights, he was so completely stunted I don't even think he knew his attractions were of a gay nature."
-- Legendary actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, speaking with Out Magazine's Michael Musto in 2005 about portraying gay characters. Hoffman, who won an Academy Award in 2006 for his performance as Truman Capote, died yesterday at age 46.