Monday, October 24, 2005
Dean and I saw Capote last night. Philip Seymour Hoffman does an incredible impersonation of him, even down to the annoying twangy nasal voice. Capote comes off as a very driven, and brilliant, writer; but also wickedly deceitful: he lies to just about everybody. He drinks too much and his relationship with childhood friend Nelle Harper Lee becomes strained (her book "To Kill a Mockingbird" is published, and made into a movie, and he blows her off at the premier party). His long term partner, Jack Dunphy, plays virtually no role in the movie (or the life, it seems). I was left wondering if Capote really felt for these convicted murders he was writing about (it is really just one of them that he falls for), or was it just a story he told himself. Is it enough to be a brilliant writer? Or do you have to have some personal integrity, too? Was he an untreated bipolar, who self-medicated with booze and drugs? Or just a flaming queen who burned out?