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Cameron Crowe talks casting Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'Almost Famous'

As part of its cover story on Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rolling Stone interviewed Cameron Crowe about the late actor’s role in Almost Famous. In the film, Hoffman played Lester Bangs, a character based on the real-life music journalist (who wrote frequently for Rolling Stone) . “You could see a glint in his eye,” Crowe says of Hoffman when the actor came to L.A. to rehearse. “He already knew this character.”

Crowe initially thought rehearsals would take two days, but Hoffman told him, “You may only need a couple of hours.” The director recalls watching video interviews of Bangs with Hoffman as the actor tried to emulate the writer’s mannerisms and wit. Afterwards, they were going over one of the scenes from Almost Famous when Crowe realized Hoffman was ready for the film: “I looked at the clock and it was two hours exactly. And [Hoffman] laughed and said, ‘Told ya.'”

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John Cusack, Peter Gabriel, and a boombox reunite onstage -- VIDEO

It’s one of the most iconic moments on screen — especially for those of us who came to expect our own boyfriends to be as smitten and thoughtful as Say Anything‘s Lloyd Dobler. So to see John Cusack hand a boombox (alas, he doesn’t hold it above his head!) to Peter Gabriel during a concert in Los Angeles over the weekend, right before Gabriel dove into “In Your Eyes” — which millions of moviegoers now associate with director Cameron Crowe famous scene — was quite a treat.

Cusack hasn’t always been comfortable playing into that magical movie moment. In a 2009 MTV interview, Cusack refused to hold up a paper boombox, forcing 2012 co-star Amanda Peet to partake to diffuse the awkwardness.

Happily, Cusack seems to be coming around.  After his onstage appearance, Crowe (who was in the audience) tweeted, “Peter Gabriel and John Cusack on stage together at the Hollywood Bowl tonight. Won’t forget that… ever,”  and Cusack responded, “If I were u I would follow @CameronCrowe and occasionally suggest we work together again — was so happy to see him last night at gabriel.”

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Cameron Crowe remembers 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' on 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago, Fast Times at Ridgemont High premiered in theaters. Since then, the Amy Heckerling comedy has endured, earning it’s place in the pop culture annals of classic high school stories, and reminding us that Sean Penn can be funny. Cameron Crowe — Fast Times‘ screenwriter — penned a tribute to the film on his website, TheUncool.com, remembering the “tough schedule” and feeling “nostalgic for the blonde stoner.” Read his full thoughts below.

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