The 2003 Canadian film Owning Mahowny, based on Gary Ross’s book No Limit, was made for pennies. It grossed pennies. But when Philip Seymour Hoffman wanted to play a role, wanted to make a film, he made it.
Roger Ebert wrote of his performance: “Philip Seymour Hoffman, that fearless poet of implosion, plays the role with a fierce integrity, never sending out signals for our sympathy because he knows that Mahowny is oblivious to our presence. Like an artist, an athlete or a mystic, Mahowny is alone within the practice of his discipline.”
On facebook on Sunday, Ross wrote: “I can tell you from personal experience that PSH was a) a stunning actor, as versatile and flawless as Meryl Streep, and b) a lovely man, generous and kind. Terrible loss and waste.”
Owning Mahowny is about addiction.