Friday, July 19, 2024

Philip Seymour Hoffman: NYPost Reads Will Wrong, What Else is New?


The main story on the New York Post front page this afternoon: “Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last wish…My son must grow up in New York, San Francisco, or Chicago…”

Well, that’s not what it says. But who cares? It’s the Post. The actual wording is that it was Hoffman’s “strong desire, and not Direction to my Guardian” that Cooper Hoffman be raised or reside in one of those places. Hoffman then says if the Guardian can’t do it, he hopes Cooper will visit these places.

So just as long as we can read the actual words in the Will, and not just make them up. The Post just leaves out “not Direction” because it’s a slow news day. All Hoffman wanted to do was make sure his son learned about culture and architecture. And maybe journalism!

More interesting is that Hoffman signed the will in 2004, before his two daughters were born. Most people update their Wills as new children come into the family. According to his attorney, whom I spoke to today, Hoffman simply didn’t get around to it. It won’t matter anyway. The mother of the children, Mimi O’Donnell, inherits Hoffman’s estate. She can draw up a new Will with specifics about the children.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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