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Director of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last film found working with the star 'intimidating'

Published 06/08/2014 | 15:16

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John Slattery found it "intimidating" to work with Philip Seymour Hoffman on indie drama God's Pocket.

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The 51-year-old actor marks his directorial debut with God's Pocket, in which Philip starred. This is also one of Philip's final movies, completed before his tragic death in February following a drug overdose.

Recalling his favourite memory of working with the star, John feels grateful to have had the chance to get close to Philip. The pair were also pals away from the camera, having previously lived in the same neighbourhood.

"Just watching him. His intuition. His ability to operate on a deep emotional level and a technical level at the same time," he explained to ShortList magazine about Philip. "He would do take after take of spontaneous eruptions that, as a director, just leaves you loaded with options. He was intimidating, but he knew that, so he would try hard to put other actors at ease. He was very interested in the people he was working with, and because of that he was enjoyable to be around."

John has already been planning how to fill his free time once promotion for God's Pocket is over. The star, who is best known for his role as Roger Sterling in TV series Mad Men, is planning to spend more time in his home city, and with his wife Talia Balsam and their son Harry.

"Get busy doing nothing. I’m driving out to Long Island. I have a house out there that we’re in the process of renovating," he smiled about what he has coming up.

"Somebody else is going to get dirty. It’s the buying-stuff-and-hiring-people-to-do-things kind of renovations we’re talking about. The thing is, I live in New York and commute to Los Angeles for work. That’s been non-stop for eight years now, and I like Los Angeles very much, but I’d like to stay at home for a while."

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