Monday 29 December 2014

Hendricks: Film celebrating Hoffman

Published 06/08/2014 | 11:50

Christina Hendricks and director John Slattery were proud to work with Philip Seymour Hoffman on God's Pocket
Christina Hendricks and director John Slattery were proud to work with Philip Seymour Hoffman on God's Pocket

Christina Hendricks has said promoting God's Pocket after Philip Seymour Hoffman's death feels like a celebration of his life.

The Mad Men actress stars with the late actor in the indie drama based on the 1983 novel of same name by Pete Dexter, about the affect of a young boy's death on a tight-knit, working class neighbourhood. It was one of the last films Philip completed before his death.

Christina said: "Working with Philip was amazing. He's an extraordinary, extraordinary actor and I felt very, very lucky to get to work with him.

"I know Philip was proud of the film, and he told me that he was. I think while we're still talking about it and we're showing it to people, he feels very present to me.

"So I guess I'm trying to think of it as a celebration of the experience and the pride of the film that we made."

God's Pocket was directed by Christina's Mad Men co-star John Slattery, who also co-adapted the screenplay.

John said of working with Philip: "Working with Phil, it's hard to describe in a word. He's a remarkable talent and inclusive and collaborative and a brilliant, brilliant actor."

He added: "This isn't the experience I hoped to have. He was a producer on the film and we went to Sundance together and sold the film together and he was very pleased with it and had a lot to do with the final outcome, so it's very sad not to be here with him. That was the plan. I wish he was here."

Philip died in February aged 46 from a heroin overdose.

God's Pocket opens in cinemas on Friday August 8, 2014.

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