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Way Back When: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Best Supporting Actor Nominee

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In today’s Way Back When, we take a look at the earlier roles of Philip Seymour Hoffman, nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in ‘The Master.’

‘My Boyfriend’s Back’

One of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s earliest roles was in the 1993 Disney movie ‘My Boyfriend’s Back,’ about a guy named Johnny who has a crush on a beautiful girl at school named Missy — one night, while trying to win her affection, Johnny tragically dies and comes back from the dead to win Missy’s heart. Hoffman plays a bully-ish character named Chuck who tries to kill Johnny but winds up hilariously killing himself in the short clip below:

‘Hard Eight’

Philip Seymour Hoffman began his working career with Paul Thomas Anderson on the film ‘Hard Eight,’ about a down and out guy who teams up with a veteran gambler and learns the tricks of the trade. Hoffman’s part is small but very memorable as a young craps player with an intensely awful mullet:

‘Twister’

In 1996, Hoffman had a small part as one of Bill Paxton‘s storm-chasing team members in the disaster flick ‘Twister,’ co-starring Helent Hunt and Cary Elwes. The film follows divorced storm chasers as they try to put together a new advanced weather alert system. Watch Hoffman below as Paxton’s crew tell the story of why he’s called “Extreme”:

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