’60 Minutes’ Philip Seymour Hoffman Interview: ‘I Got Panicked for My Life’

By Chris Ariens 

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Hoffman304Tomorrow night “60 Minutes” will rebroadcast a 2006 interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman in which the actor discusses his problems with addiction. The Steve Kroft interview has been re-edited to include previously un-broadcast material, including more from the actor about the rehabilitation he underwent in his early 20s.

“I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old,” said the then-38-year-old Hoffman. “You get panicked…and I got panicked for my life,” says Hoffman.

“I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they’re beautiful and famous and rich,” Hoffman says. “I’m like, ‘Oh my God. I’d be dead.’ You know what I mean? I’d be 19, beautiful, famous and rich. That would be it.”

Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his New York apartment, where authorities found packets of heroin and a syringe in his arm.

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