which role did philip seymour hoffman play in magnolia?
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Phil Parma
While Tom Cruise was the marquee name, the real casting coup was Philip Seymour Hoffman as Phil Parma, the male nurse who attends to Jason Robards’ Earl Partridge. At the time, Hoffman had been playing capital-C characters: blowhards and fools (in Anderson’s two earlier films), drag queens (in Joel Schumacher’s misguided “Flawless”) and butlers (“The Big Lebowski”). But in “Magnolia,” his direction was to be uncomplicated, caring, and good, a foil for the whirlwind of emotion that drives the film’s ensemble cast.