Philip Seymour Hoffman

Shakespeare at the Movies: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1 needs no introduction. It is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the season, so I thought it was absolutely necessary to explore the bodies of work from this impressive cast. To no ones surprise, many of the actors have done Shakespeare related work on film and stage! Let’s take a look at what they’ve done.


Donald Sutherland (President Snow)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet at Elsinore (1964 TV movie) as Fortinbras, Prince of Norway


Jeffrey Wright (BeeTee)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as The Gravedigger


Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee)

Appeared in:

  • The 15 Minute Hamlet (1995 short) as Bernardo, Horatio and Laertes
  • Othello (2008, Public Theater) as Iago


Paula Malcomson (Katniss’ Mother)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Marcella


Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2000) as Puck


Elden Henson (Pollux)

Appeared in:

  • O (2001) as Roger


Sarita Choudhury (Egeria)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (1998, Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company) as Hero

How many of these performances have you seen? Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know!


Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Known as one of the greatest contemporary actors, let’s remember Philip Seymour Hoffman and his work today. He had a great presence both on screen and on stage, appearing in productions of The Merchant of Venice, and Henry V.
In 1995, he appeared in a film version of 15 Minute Hamlet, based on the play by Tom Stoppard. The film is an interesting take on the film industry, and what it would been like had it been around in Shakespeare’s time. You can watch 15 Minute Hamlet here: