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There is no other choice. Philip Seymour Hoffman is Prospero. He has tremendous range, having played such characters as Truman Capote, Jacob in 25th Hour, Phil in Magnolia, and many others. He has an incredible sensitivity to the worst and best sides of human nature, which I believe is critical to capturing the soul of Prospero onscreen. Personally, I don’t believe Prospero is good nor bad, which is why he is great. I can’t think of many other actors who could bring such bravado and yet such cunning and, in the end, sincerity to a role like that of Prospero. In the picture I selected, Hoffman has a slightly tortured and yet relaxed expression on his face. I challenge anybody who might actually read this to find another current actor or actress who could do this. In film, your face is your most potent tool, and Hoffman knows how to use his instrument.