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Desc:Another small but wonderful Philip Seymour Hoffman performance.
Category:Classic Movies, Arts
Tags:the big lebowski, philip seymour hoffman
Submitted:Koda Maja
Date:02/06/14
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Billy the Poet
Brandt was where I first noticed Hoffman. RIP
chairsforcheap
Apparently David Cross was up for this role as well and he thought he completely nailed the audition. Then he said he saw this performance and was like "oh, got it"
Adham Nu'man
That's a great anecdote. Where did you get it from?

chairsforcheap
i really don't remember... I think it was a podcast with him and bob talking about the new mr. show book...

chairsforcheap
i could so see david cross doing this roll perfectly, but PSH is the winner duh

StanleyPain
He did an interview with AV Club or something a few years back where he discussed all his roles to that point (yet oddly the article omitted his brief walk-on in Destiny Turns on The Radio which resulted in his now-infamous meeting with Jim Belushi)

Riskbreaker
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Quad9Damage
The more I reflect on Brandt, the more I realize how amazing of a supporting character this truly was.

In many ways Brandt exemplifies the 'perfect' butler and manservant. His quirk and biggest flaw is that he's always trying to (awkwardly) please everyone, no matter how distasteful or disagreeable he finds them. His job is to act like whatever kind of man other people want him to be, whether that means expressing amusement over the lazy, uneducated burnout's antics or shedding tears over the 'kidnapped' trophy wife. Upon reflection you can tell that this poor guy just wants to scream and break out of his prison, but the circumstances have gone far beyond Brandt's control. Until he's able to leave that mansion, his fate is to be stuck catering to an old phony who likes to pretend he's rich and influential; Brandt is trapped not only within himself but in a whole dysfunctional family/universe of phoniness. In all likelihood Brandt knows (SPOILER) that the briefcase doesn't have any money in it and the Big Lebowski is quietly hoping Bunny will be killed off and a million dollars can safely disappear - just as Brandt also knows that the Big Lebowski is sad and twisted in his soul. But what could Brandt possibly say that would benefit his position and this routine he's walled around himself? He's just Brandt. Hand him the envelope.

Brandt, like all the other characters, goes to show that The Dude is the most honest person in the movie, because Dude has no delusions about who he is and doesn't give a damn. He doesn't want to pretend or have to pretend:

THE DUDE: You thought that Bunny had been kidnapped and you were fuckin' glad, man. You could use it as an excuse to make some money disappear. All you needed was a sap to pin it on! You'd just met me! You human...paraquat! You figured 'Oh, here's a loser', you know? A deadbeat, someone the square community won't give a shit about.
THE BIG LEBOWSKI: Well, aren't you?
THE DUDE: Well, yeah!

RIP Brandt. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman. No one else could have so beautifully pulled this off.
Jet Bin Fever
I had to tell a friend of mine who Philip Seymour Hoffman was. I finally just said "He played Brandt in Lebowski!" and he got it.
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