#RIPPhilipSeymourHoffman
#RIPPhilipSeymourHoffman

“Bro… this shit head is playing over 20 great movies such as Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), Patch Adams (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Almost Famous (2000), Capote (2000) Red Dragon (2002), 25th Hour (2002), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012), Owning Mahowny (2003), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), The Savages (2007), Synecdoche, New York (2008), Moneyball (2011) and The Ides of March (2011) and Cold Mountain (2003). and you only know him from that shit movies called Catching Fire? shit man…..” – Status Facebook Arman Dhani, 18 jam yang lalu.

Ya, kabar yang agak mengagetkan datang pada hari Senin pagi kemarin, 03 Februari 2014, ketika saya baru melek dan melongok linimasa di laman Twitter. Ada kabar duka yang dilengkapi link berita terkait, plus tagar #RIPPhilipSeymourHoffman. Ouch!…

Seetelah membaca beberapa berita dan profil Philip Seymour Hoffman, saya baru sadar kalau pria ini memang aktor yang berkarakter dan banyak bermain di film-film yang bermutu. Hei, sebagian besar adalah film favorit saya!

Sebagian teman memang mengingatnya di film Hunger Games, Capote, Along Come Polly, Punch Drunk Love, MI:III, hingga Twister yang lebih ‘Glodok-darling’.

Namun, kalau saya tidak akan pernah lupa aktingnya sebagai jurnalis musik legendaris, Lester Bangs, di film Almost Famous [2000].

Dengan beberapa quote favorit yang dia ucapkan di film garapan Cameron Crowe itu;

“Music, you now, true music – not just rock n roll – it chooses you. It live in your car, or alone listening to your headphones, you know, with the cast scenic bridges and angelic choirs in your brain. It’s a place apart from the vast, benign lap of America.”

Atau petuah sakralnya pada seorang jurnalis musik belia;

“You CANNOT make friends with the rock stars. That’s what’s important. If you’re a rock journalist – first, you will never get paid much. But you will get free records from the record company. And they’ll buy you drinks, you’ll meet girls, they’ll try to fly you places for free, offer you drugs… I know. It sounds great. But they are not your friends. These are people who want you to write sanctimonious stories about the genius of the rock stars, and they will ruin rock and roll and strangle everything we love about it.”

petuah bijak lester bangs
petuah bijak lester bangs

Lalu dialog legendarisnya dengan William Miller;

Lester Bangs: Aw, man. You made friends with them. See, friendship is the booze they feed you. They want you to get drunk on feeling like you belong.
William Miller: Well, it was fun.
Lester Bangs: They make you feel cool. And hey. I met you. You are not cool.
William Miller: I know. Even when I thought I was, I knew I wasn’t.
Lester Bangs: That’s because we’re uncool. And while women will always be a problem for us, most of the great art in the world is about that very same problem. Good-looking people don’t have any spine. Their art never lasts. They get the girls, but we’re smarter.
William Miller: I can really see that now.
Lester Bangs: Yeah, great art is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing and love disguised as sex, and sex disguised as love… and let’s face it, you got a big head start.
William Miller: I’m glad you were home.
Lester Bangs: I’m always home. I’m uncool.
William Miller: Me too!
Lester Bangs: The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.
William Miller: I feel better.
Lester Bangs: My advice to you. I know you think those guys are your friends. You wanna be a true friend to them? Be honest, and unmerciful.

Oke, mungkin semua aktor bisa berakting atau mengucapkan kalimat-kalimat itu tadi, tapi saya rasa hanya Philip Seymour Hoffman yang sudah melakukannya dengan sangat baik. Sempurna. 

Karakter favorit saya yang lain adalah perannya sebagai The Count di film The Boat That Rocked, atau dengan judul lain; Pirate Radio [2009].

Di situ ada adegan kocak di mana The Count sebagai penyiar radio / rock n’ roll DJ begitu ngotot dan ambisius untuk mengucapkan kata “Fuck [You]” melalui frekuensi udara Britania Raya.

Dia bilang begini, “This was the deal: I asked all of you to demand of me to do a very foolish thing, and you sent in ideas in their millions. But one idea has defeated them all, so I’m proud to announce I will soon be the first person to say the “F” word on rock ‘n’ roll radio in the United Kingdom of Great Britain. But my aim is not to offend, it is to entertain. But also, perhaps, to educate a little. Cuz if you shoot a bullet, someone dies. When you drop a bomb, many die. You hit a woman, love dies. But… if you say the f-word, nothing actually happens. So here it comes. Especially for you, the “F” word.”

the count
the count

Lalu, ada kalimat favorit saya yang diutarakan The Count di akhir program radionya, “To all our listeners, this is what I have to say – God bless you all. And as for you bastards in charge, don’t dream it’s over. Years will come, years will go, and politicians will do fuck all to make the world a better place. But all over the world, young men and young women will always dream dreams and put those dreams into song. Nothing important dies tonight, just a few ugly guys on a crappy ship. The only sadness tonight is that, in future years, there’ll be so many fantastic songs that it will not be our privilege to play. But, believe you me, they will still be written, they will still be sung and they will be the wonder of the world.”

Saya selalu merinding saat menonton adegan itu. Ya, film ini sudah saya tonton belasan kali. Tidak pernah bosan. Saya selalu rekomendasikan film ini untuk temen-temen yang kerja di stasiun radio atau yang berprofesi sebagai penyiar. A must watch!

Itu tadi dua film Philip Seymour Hoffman yang paling saya gilai, dan maknai setiap adegannya. Alhasil, keduanya termasuk dalam daftar film favorit saya sepanjang masa.

Harus saya akui, perannya di dua film itu cukup menginspirasi dan mengajari saya bagaimana jadi penulis musik yang jujur dan tidak kenal ampun, juga ikut menyulut semangat saya ketika siaran tengah malam dan meracik playlist di radio online Megabootleg.

So Long, Lester Bangs. Goodbye, The Count! 

RIP 1967 - 2014
RIP 1967 – 2014

*Baca juga fakta sederhana ini; Five reasons We Loved PSH.

*Ditulis sambil memutar kumpulan lagu rock lawas yang terangkum di OST The Boat That Rocked