Meat Loaf Recalls Working with Philip Seymour Hoffman on "Leap of Faith"
-- Meat Loaf worked with many notable actors on the set of his 1992 movie Leap of Faith: Steve Martin, who played a fake faith healer; Debra Winger; Liam Neeson; and a young Philip Seymour Hoffman. The singer recalls Hoffman, who died Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, was a real go-getter back then.
Meat Loaf tells ABC News Radio that Hoffman, who was around 22 years old at the time, "was very creative, in the fact that he always wanted to try and get a camera to come over to him. And sometimes they would tell him Philip, sit down, don't do that anymore."
Still, it was that attitude that allowed Hoffman to win over Leap of Faith director Richard Pearce. Meat Loaf remembers, "The director loved him, and I remember the director saying to me, this kid's really good. And I'm going, well, I could do all that stuff too, but I've been trying to stay out of the way of Liam Neeson, Debra Winger and Steve Martin. But Philip was young and impetuous and he went for it."
The singer wouldn't comment on whether he knew Hoffman was battling addiction at the time, but he tells ABC News Radio that "in the entertainment business, everybody is paranoid and insecure."
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