I wish before his overdose Philip Seymour Hoffman had met Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu of Korn!

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I wish before his overdose Philip Seymour Hoffman had met Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu of Korn!

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-winning actor, found dead in NY apartment

By Terence McArdle and , Published: February 2 E-mail the writers

Philip Seymour Hoffman, the stage and screen actor who progressed from scene-stealing supporting roles to an Oscar-winning portrayal of writer Truman Capote in “Capote,” has died. He was 46.

Mr. Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in Lower Manhattan shortly before noon Sunday, and his death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose, said Detective James Duffy, a spokesman for the New York Police Department. The New York City medical examiner’s office is expected to perform an autopsy as early as Monday, and that examination will include a toxicology report.

 

Police said they received a 911 call about 11:36 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived at the apartment, they found Mr. Hoffman unconscious and unresponsive on the floor of a bathroom. According to an unnamed police official who was not authorized to comment publicly, Mr. Hoffman was found with a needle in his arm and several bags of what appeared to be heroin. The official said Mr. Hoffman was supposed to meet a colleague Sunday morning and did not show. An associate went to his home and found him there. Police were still at the scene Sunday afternoon.

In interviews, Mr. Hoffman acknowledged a history of drug abuse.

“I got sober when I was 22 years old” and went into a drug rehabilitation program at the time, Mr. Hoffman told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in 2006. Asked whether he abused drugs or alcohol, Mr. Hoffman said: “It was all that stuff. Yeah. It was anything I could get my hands on. Yeah. I liked it all.”

Mr. Hoffman went on to say in the interview: “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 said. “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. I think back at that time. I think if I had the money, that kind of money and stuff. So, yeah [I would have died].”

In other interviews, he indicated that he had remained clean for more than two decades before relapsing in 2012, when he again entered a drug rehabilitation program, according to published reports.

Mr. Hoffman, who specialized in off-kilter roles, won the best-actor Oscar for his 2005 portrayal of Capote in the biographical film that chronicled the writer’s research — and ethical transgressions — for the nonfiction crime novel “In Cold Blood.”

It was one of four performances that earned Mr. Hoffman an Oscar nomination. He was nominated for best supporting actor three times: for playing a CIA agent in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” an abusive priest in “Doubt” and Lancaster Dodd, a character loosely based on Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, in “The Master.”

His work in “The Master,” released in 2012, was for director Paul Thomas Anderson. In total, the actor appeared in five Anderson films — all but one of the director’s six feature-length films.

“He was an extraordinary actor with tremendous range and the gift of fully and deeply realizing his amazing characters in films from ‘Magnolia’ and ‘Capote’ to ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ and ‘Doubt,’ ” said Ken Howard, president of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. “He was such a great talent and his loss is just deeply sad. On behalf of his fellow actors and all members of SAG-AFTRA, our condolences go out to his family and friends.”

Mr. Hoffman got his start in Hollywood playing supporting roles in several movies in the 1990s, including “Twister,” “Patch Adams” and “Magnolia.” His breakthrough roles came as a gay member of a porn film crew in Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” and as an obscene phone caller in director Todd Solondz’s “Happiness.”

Most recently, Mr. Hoffman played Plutarch Heavensbee in the “Hunger Games” movies and appeared at the Sundance Film Festival last month to talk about his role in the film “God’s Pocket,” slated for release later this year.

In many of his performances, Hoffman’s characters bordered on either the manic or depressive, but he brought a depth and intellectual honesty to each of them beyond the lines of the script.

In his starring roles, his characters often took a darker course, in many cases being the antihero.

“Hoffman isn’t someone we want to be,” Claire Dederer wrote of Mr. Hoffman’s roles in Salon. “He’s someone we want to be better than. Here is an actor whose entire oeuvre can be described in one sentence: ‘At least I’m not that guy.’ ”

On Broadway, Mr. Hoffman was nominated three times for a Tony award, including for his portrayal of the worn traveling salesman Willy Loman in an acclaimed 2012 revival of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” His other Broadway roles included the oldest son of the Tyrone family in a 2003 production of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

Mr. Hoffman, who frequently dyed his hair and lost or gained weight for parts, was known for a sometimes painful dedication to his craft.

“With Capote, the part required me to be a little unbalanced, and that wasn’t really good for my mental health,” he told the New York Times in 2008. “It was also a technically difficult part. Because I was holding my body in a way it doesn’t want to be held and because I was speaking in a voice that my vocal cords did not want to do, I had to stay in character all day.

“Otherwise, I would give my body the chance to bail on me.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman was born July 23, 1967, in Fairport, N.Y., near Rochester. His father worked for Xerox and his mother was a lawyer, civil rights activist and, later, a family-court judge. His parents divorced while he was in his teens.

Mr. Hoffman wrestled in high school until a neck injury forced him to quit contact sports. He discovered acting almost by accident when he followed a young woman — one he had a crush on — to an audition and wound up joining the school’s drama club.

At 17, he was selected for New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs where he met director Bennett Miller and writer Dan Futterman, who later worked with him on “Capote.” He received a bachelor’s degree in drama from New York University.

Survivors include his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell; three children; two sisters; and his older brother, screenwriter and director Gordy Hoffman.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone,” Mr. Hoffman’s family said in a statement. They asked that the public keep Mr. Hoffman “in your thoughts and prayers.”

Mr. Hoffman fully immersed himself in his craft and took pride in its creative challenge. “In my mid-20s, an actor told me, ‘Acting ain’t no puzzle,’ Mr. Hoffman once said. “I thought: ‘Ain’t no puzzle?’ You must be bad! You must be really bad, because it is a puzzle. . . . You start stabbing out, and you make a mistake, and it’s not right, and then you try again and again.

“The key is you have to commit. And that’s hard because you have to find what it is you are committing to.”

 

 

Greg Miller and Eddy Palanzo contributed to this report.

 

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Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu of Korn and his Christian conversion  and deliverance from drugs Part 1

Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu of Korn Tells How He Found Jesus and Stayed With Korn!!

Uploaded on Nov 15, 2010

Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu started drinking when he was 5 or 6, because his dad gave him the booze! His room was decorated with all sorts of beer symbols. After he began his rock music career, a lot of his life was women, with one night stands to groupies. He became really mean, and he could be triggered easy to become violent. See his story about how he came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and how it changed him totally!
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I wrote of series of four posts on the conversion to Christ of Brian Walsh of the heavy metal band Korn and that was because my son Hunter told me about Walsh’s Christian testimony. Then I stumbled on the Christian testimony of Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu of Korn. This subject has always interested me and I have written about Lou Graham of Foreigner, and Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope and their similar experiences. In all of these cases they convert to Christianity and give their lives totally to Christ and then they are delivered from drugs.

INTERVIEW

Korn Bassist Fieldy on the Christian Life

By Tim Branson with Zsa Zsa Palagyi
The 700 Club
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CBN.com – Tim Branson [reporting]: His name is Reggie Arvizu, but most people know him as “Fieldy”, bass player for the multi-platinum rock band Korn.

Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu: A lot of it was women. One night stands to groupies and all of that. I became really mean, and I was triggered easy to become violent. I could kill people.

Branson [reporting]: I recently talked with Fieldy about his rock’n’roll lifestyle and some of the more difficult choices he’s made in his life, including his decision to follow Christ and stay with the band.

Branson: You started drinking at a very early age.  How did that happen?

Fieldy: I was probably 5 or 6. My parents would tuck me into bed, and my mom’d be like, “I love you,” and my dad would be like, “Dream about Budweisers.” That’s what he knew.

Branson:  And that kind of set you up, didn’t it?

Fieldy: Had my big Budweiser pillows in my room. I was destined to be a partier, I guess.

Branson: So your parents both were partying all the time. How did that affect your family?

Fieldy:  It starts out, they start drinking and partying. Towards the end of the night, it was always the same thing.  There would be dishes flying, screaming, yelling to violence to abuse.  It’s like they loved each other, [but] that’s what happens.

Branson:  Alcohol and drugs has a way of doing that.

Fieldy: Yep, brings out that other side.

Branson [reporting]: When Fieldy’s parents divorced,  that other side blew up. He was heartbroken.  So he did what any teenager might do to block the pain — he shut down.

Fieldy: I was like, this is not going to hurt me.  That’s what I told my dad. “I’m moving in with you. Let’s get a keg, and let’s throw a party and make music,” and I put a wall up to not feel the emotions. That’s when it became full-on drinking and a way that nobody’s going to hurt me. From that moment on, I never had a sober day.

Branson [reporting]: Fieldy formed the band Pierced with some high school friends.  He started using speed.

Fieldy: When we were in these younger bands, they were like hair metal bands, you know?  The whole image was to be really skinny, like a Q-Tip, big hair, little stick body, tight pants and all. If you take these speed pills right here, you won’t be hungry. So I started getting into that.   I went to jail a few time, but looking back I should have been in jail like every day. I just didn’t get caught.

Branson [reporting]: Pierced fell apart, as did other bands that followed. Then, in 1993, Fieldy and friends came up with a new name, Korn. With a new sound and a new lead singer, the band took off and so did Fieldy’s party life.

Fieldy: I had my nights of being in hotel rooms and destroying them by myself, crying because I’d wake up in the morning feeling so bad from partying. I’d be shaking. I’d wake up and throw up in the morning. I’m like, “Man, I can’t handle this.”  So I would just take some Xanax or Adavan and let that kick in and I’d just be wasted again.  It’d bring you so down, then [I would] smoke weed after that.  Then night would come, and I could start drinking.

Branson: The goal was basically to stay buzzed.

Fieldy: All day.

Branson [reporting]: Korn was huge, playing in sold-out arenas around the world.  In the midst of it all, Fieldy married and divorced twice.

Branson: You had a very specific view about women.  How did you see women in your life?

Fieldy: I would bash on them, say women are just sluts, no good. I was really mean to women to where I could make almost any woman cry, any time. I guess that’s what I did to keep from getting hurt.

Branson [reporting]: Fieldy was still dealing with the pain of his parents’ divorce.

Branson: You spent a lot of time and effort building up walls around your heart.

Fieldy: That was a full-time job for like 20 years.  One heartbreak, 20 years. I mean, most people I think get over a heartbreak in a like a year.  But 20 years destroying myself?  It’s a vicious cycle.  You’re living inside a tornado spinning. It’s fast, and it ends up killing you.

Branson:  Did you ever come to a point and say this has gotta stop?

Fieldy: I don’t think I did.  I always made a joke out of everything. If my hands are shaking and I’m throwing up, I’d make a joke. “Hey, everybody watch this.”

Branson [reporting]: It was no joke when Fieldy’s father was diagnosed with cancer.

Fieldy: To me, my dad was kind of like a superhero. There’s no way this could happen. Even to the point where he got sick and [I] had to move him over to the top doctors in the world, I’m like, “They’re going to fix it. I got money. They’re going to fix it.  I got the best insurance in the world.  He’s gonna be fine.”

Branson [reporting]: But he wasn’t.  His father died with one last wish.

Fieldy: He wished that I’d be saved.

Branson [reporting]: That’s because years earlier Fieldy’s father had become a Christian and so had his wife.  So, when she asked Fieldy to pray the salvation prayer at the hospital, he did.

Fieldy: I just did it, because everyone was freaking out.  It didn’t mean much. I was so out of my mind at the moment. I came back to the house, and that’s when I went through a deep dark moment. I just started thinking about everything — from what I’m doing to myself to his death to what I’m leaving behind. I don’t know.  I couldn’t take it anymore.

Branson [reporting]: That led Fieldy to a sincere prayer of commitment that changed his life.

Fieldy: I had chills throughout my whole body, almost like a coldness.  I was crying. I tell a lot of people that you can do the prayer with your brain, but that’s not going to do anything.  You have to do it with your heart. When I accepted Christ, now I’m like, “Okay, I’m going to pray for some of these things that I’m a slave to.” It went in steps. So that I was set free with no withdrawals. No craving. I stopped everything down to weed to the pills.  I just stopped.

Branson [reporting]: Over time he became more aware of his need for God’s forgiveness.

Fieldy: I’d walk into the bathroom, put my face on the floor and just say, “Forgive me, man,” because some of the things I did were so bad. I just knew He said, “I forgive you, son.”

Branson [reporting]: Fieldy spent a year apologizing to everyone he could think of that he’d hurt.   The hardest person to apologize to was his girlfriend at the time, Dena.

Fieldy: I was going to be heartbroken if she left me. I was like, I’ve really got to take a chance here of her leaving me after I tell her I’ve been cheating on her. I took the chance.

Branson [reporting]: Dena was furious, but she forgave him. The two married and started a family.  As far as his career, he’s still with Korn.  I asked him about his decision to stay with the band.  He believes it’s for a good reason.

Fieldy: There’s just so much power of being used in Korn.  I can reach so many people and know what I’m about, not what Korn’s about. I want to try to follow the Bible the best I can, because I know it’s going to give me the best life.

Branson [reporting]: Now that he’s “got the life” and has written a book about it. He says his message is really pretty simple.

Fieldy: People think, “I’m not good enough to have the Lord come into my life.” People have got to know all you’ve got to do is know what Jesus did for you. He died for your sins,  died on the cross and came back three days later. If you ask Him into your heart, it’s for life.  He’s going to be with you forever.

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