Aaron Sorkin, the man behind current HBO drama “The Newsroom” and former NBC Emmy-winning show “The West Wing,” has penned a moving and thought-provoking tribute to his late friend Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The two men worked together on “Charlie Wilson’s War” and “Moneyball,” and in an essay for Time, Sorkin recalls how they, as fellow fathers of young children and also recovering drug addicts, would swap war stories on set.
unusual to have these mini-AA meetings — people like us are the only
ones to whom tales of insanity don’t sound insane. ‘Yeah, I used to do
that.’ I told him I felt lucky because I’m squeamish and can’t handle
needles,” writes Sorkin, who has been open about his cocaine addiction but clean and sober for several years. “He told me to stay squeamish. And he said this: ‘If one of us
dies of an overdose, probably 10 people who were about to won’t.’ He
meant that our deaths would make news and maybe scare someone clean.”
“It’s in that spirit that I’d like to say this: Phil Hoffman, this
kind, decent, magnificent, thunderous actor … did not die from an overdose
of heroin — he died from heroin,” Sorkin continues. “We should stop implying that if he’d
just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine. …
“Let’s add to that 10 people who were about to die who won’t now.”