Top 10 Movie Portrayals

Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in ‘Almost Famous’


An under-rated actor taking up the role of an under-rated literary and pop culture figure. Although not the lengthiest or most central role in the movie, Hoffman portrays rock writer Lester Bangs with an even mix of humour, insight, tragedy and radicalism. Acting as a mentor for the young protagonist, Hoffman’s role brings to life an important figure in music criticism in a very imaginative and effective manner.