Aaron Sorkin: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death saved lives

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Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Sunday of an apparent drug overdose. The cause of death was still undetermined Wednesday.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman and writer Aaron Sorkin worked together only once, on Sorkin’s film “Charlie Wilson’s War.” But they shared a common burden: They were both recovering addicts.

In the wake of Hoffman’s death, the “Newsroom” creator is sharing some of his conversations with him. In an obituary for Time magazine, he writes that the actor told him, “If one of us dies of an overdose, probably 10 people who were about to won’t.”

In other words, Sorkin explains, the death of a famous addict might be enough to scare a few other people on the edge into getting clean. “[Hoffman] did not die from an overdose of heroin — he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he’d just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine.”

“He didn’t die because he was partying too hard or because he was depressed,” he added, “He died because he was an addict on a day of the week with a Y in it.”

A brutal assessment. But maybe, as Sorkin says, it will make a fellow addict on the brink stop and think, and the next generation’s Philip Seymour Hoffman will survive.



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