Father James Martin talks about friendship with actor Hoffman

Priest says Hoffmann unassuming

The priest who presided over Philip Seymour Hoffman’s funeral has spoken of their 10-year-long friendship and what the actor taught him, reports news.com.au.

Fr James Martin is a Jesuit priest in New York, who first met Hoffman when the actor asked him for advice in 2003 about the Labyrinth Theatre Company’s production of the off-Broadway play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, which was directed by Hoffman, People Magazine reports.

Martin also assisted Hoffman with writing the role of Fr Flynn in his 2008 film Doubt starring Meryl Streep. Hoffman took on the role as a priest in a Catholic school who may or may not have molested a boy, which earnt him an Oscar nomination.

While they talked about Doubt, Hoffman and Martin would go to Saint Ignatius Church, where Martin taught him how a priest celebrates Mass. Unfortunately, it was the same Church where Martin led the 46-year-old actor’s funeral Mass. He said he was 'lovely' and taught him humility.

'He was a lovely person, very down-to-earth,’ Martin said. 'I learned about humility from him. He never put on airs.'

Martin said that Hoffman would never boast about the films he was in, or the major roles he landed, instead simply saying: 'Yeah, I got this job.'

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