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Lupita Nyong’o for The Telegraph.
Charles Thurston Thompson, Autoportrait, 1853 (via orphanwork)
Wednesday, February 5th 2014
"It is hard to get my head around what’s happened. But I feel and think I should say something. Phil was special; there can be no doubt about his transformation ability, his work ethic and his high standards; nor his unique gift and his leadership qualities. His belief in the artists he moved with; he cared for, he entrusted and often empowered - his encouragement and scrutiny in detail ; his due diligence; his service to the work - a pioneer and a genius and a bit of magic really - in the mediums of acting writing producing and directing - his self criticism and criticism of others; people took note. He lead by example often deferring praise to others and accepting responsibilities for error. He gave his time, blood, sweat and tears. He set an example, always prepared always on time always open always on the ball always setting the bar higher for us and himself because he believed we could stretch, we could always dig deeper invest and think smarter not always just try harder.
Sometimes and often the answers, if there is such a resting place, were only found, through the consistency of thorough questioning, asking more of ourselves, to approach the investigation of human beings in circumstance - to collate truthful and honest observations, virtues, patterns, character and full dimension- his curious journeyman wisdom from being an instinctive, wise, candid and visceral observer and reflecting human being lead me to believe I could happily follow him into any piece - it would be and was an honor and a privilege to work with him. He had humility and grace, and a temper. An innate wisdom and instinct for people. He gave life and honesty and breathed fullness into all his characters and work in the way only those who have been uniquely gifted and talented could chose to challenge and pursue the responsibility of possessing such a gift, with love and kindness.
There will be no “who’s the next PhilS?” There are none. He was the only. And a brilliant light has gone out in the theatre community today. In the film, movie and industry world as well as many communities genuinely touched by his work. This is truly the saddest and tragic passing of a fellow man, artist and friend I have experienced. He deserved better. I don’t have the words to express how important a player we had in the world of the work and now we don’t. “The Work” must continue in his absence, the challenges picked up and the embracement of pushing the limits towards truthful and honest character driven story telling must continue. The work never ends. He would want that for those of us in the work. He’d be pissed to know we got lazy. And apart from the work, what little knowledge of and relation to Phil I had or that I can cram into a simple statement - I feel compelled to say something - nonetheless. Ultimately.
I loved Phil he was my North star of standards - he was brilliant - funny and full of wisdom and eccentricities and love - he nurtured talent and believed in team. I had the pleasure of being ‘Judged!’ By him and Brett he/they taught me so much and continue to do so. I felt he believed in me in a way that few have ever and took the time and effort to show me the road. Above all I and my closest friends will miss Phil more than it is possible to say. Because he was one of us..
And we will remember him always. He effected us deeply.
He was also a leader amongst our kind. Simply tragic.
But most importantly, More than all of this - ‘the work’ - stuff.
My heart and thoughts are with his family, because they ultimately are the most affected by what has happened and are going through unimaginable suffering. My thoughts and heart are with them. I can’t begin to find the words. I am truly sorry for their loss.
Please treat them well”
From the archives: Cate Blanchett
Photographs by Michael Thompson; styled Karl Templer; W magazine October 2007.
"Éowyn of Rohan, I say to you that you are beautiful. In the valleys of our hills there are flowers fair and bright, and maidens fairer still; but neither flower nor lady have I seen till now in Gondor so lovely, and so sorrowful."
Couple Embracing - W.L. Taylor, illustrator
Published in: “The Golden Legend” by Henry W. Longfellow, Ladies Home Journal, October 1904.