Before They Were Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Fifteen Minute Hamlet”

As you’ve no doubt heard, the world was shocked by Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely death this weekend at the age of 46. So, of course, I felt obliged to go out and dig up one of the more obscure projects he did. The Fifteen Minute Hamlet is a 1995 short film adapted from Sir Tom Stoppard’s play, Dogg’s Hamlet. It’s a satirical look at how the film industry might have operated in Elizabethan times, as Shakespeare (who’s portrayed by noted character actor Xander Berkeley) films an abridged 15-minute version of Hamlet in one long, unbroken camera shot. Anyway, throughout this long take, you get to see Philip Seymour Hoffman alternate between the roles of Bernardo, Horatio and Laertes, and he makes his first appearance at the 2:17 mark.

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