Philip Seymour Hoffman Contemplates Happiness in New Animated Video

The animated video series Blank on Blank returns with a previously unaired interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman, the talented actor who died of a heroin overdose earlier this year. The audio, recorded at the Rubin Museum of Art in December, 2012, features Hoffman in conversation with philosopher Simon Critchley. The topic is happiness — something that Hoffman is careful to distinguish from hedonistic pleasure. “I would definitely say pleasure is not happiness, because I kill pleasure.” “I take too much of it and make it unpleasurable. Like too much coffee and you are miserable.” “There is no pleasure that I haven’t actually made myself sick on.”  Wrestling with the concept, the actor tells Critchely that he found happiness in one thing — the time he spent with his children, “When I see them enjoy each other in front of me, and then they let me enjoy them in turn, that brings a feeling which I would say is happiness.” But that feeling, as powerful as it is, proves ephemeral. It doesn’t last. So when it comes around, don’t miss it.

You can watch the complete unanimated interview below:

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