Tuesday 21 November 2017

US Diary: Fake tale painted Seymour Hoffman as a 'partier'

Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Orla Healy

David Bar Katz, the playwright who discovered Philip Seymour Hoffman's body, says he wasn't bothered that the National Enquirer published a false story claiming the long-time friends were secret lovers. He was, though, furious that the tabloid ran a fabricated interview with him confessing to freebasing cocaine with PSH the night before his friend overdosed.

On Tuesday, Katz exacted his revenge by settling his $50m lawsuit against American Media Incorporated with a deal to establish the "American Playwriting Foundation" in Hoffman's honour. He also got a full-page apology in the New York Times on Wednesday from the magazine, which claims its editors were duped by a man claiming to be Katz who fed them the story.

"The issue was never me being outraged at being accused of being gay – we're theatre guys, who cares?" Katz said in an interview with CNN. "The issue was lying about the drugs... that I would betray my friend by telling confidences."

Katz also said that many of the reports published in the wake of Hoffman's death were not accurate.

"A lot of this has been totally overblown," he said. "It gives a false picture of him, because he was focused. He was working. He was focused on his family. He was not a partier. He was not someone that was in a spiral. He was not self-destructive in any way. Phil was not that guy... He was rigorously sober most of his adult life and this, unfortunately, was just one relapse."

While happy that the money from the Enquirer will provide support for the theatre "which Phil loved", Katz admitted, "Using the word 'happy' about any of this is, like, in 10 years from now when some plays that wouldn't have been written maybe are, I can talk in those terms, because I'm pretty miserable about every aspect of it. But I really didn't know what else to do."

His lawyer Judd Burstein knows exactly what he's going to do: find the bozo who gave the fake interview to the Enquirer and nail him. "My goal," Burstein said matter-of-factly, "is to have him living out of a cardboard box." Gulp.

Facing up to ageless beauty

Blame it on Miley, Bieber-fever or Kardashian overload but grown-up role models appear to be having a fashion moment. Hot on the heels of Christie Brinkley celebrating her 60th birthday by posing in a swimsuit for People magazine, Nars cosmetics (purveyors of the ubiquitous Orgasm blush) last week announced that 68-year-old actress Charlotte Rampling will be the face of its 20th anniversary campaign scheduled to roll out next fall.

Marc Jacobs, who is obviously serious about plans to reinvent his signature collections this year, is also jumping on the "ageless beauty" bandwagon with the appointment of Jessica Lange as the first celebrity face of his new beauty line.

A promotional shot of the 64-year-old actress, who recently provided the spoken-word mood music for Jacobs NYFW/fall 2014 runway show, launched that campaign on Wednesday via Instagram.

Sunday Independent

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