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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Tony Competition Susses Him Out


High-octane British actor James Corden, above (One Man, Two Guvnors) is deemed to be the biggest threat to Philip Seymour Hoffman as far as Tony award competition goes.

But Corden adores his rival.

At a BBC America conversation hosted by Kurt Andersen last night, Corden declared, “I think Philip Seymour Hoffman is amazing.”

He said Hoffman was brilliant in Capote and is no doubt a terrific Willy Loman. (Obviously, Corden has been too busy doing his own show to catch others’)

“But I believe his greatest performance,” Corden went on, “is the character called Rusty in Along Came Polly.”

A hush fell over the room, followed by a few titters.

“The film’s not all that great,” conceded Corden, “but he’s amazing in it.”

Everyone’s eyes were popping, and mine too, but for a different reason;

I wanted to yell, “The character is named Sandy!”