Hoffman plays Truman Capote in this biographical crime drama directed by Bennett Miller. In 1959, Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides the case will be the basis for his next, and what turns out to be last, book. He goes to Kansas to research In Cold Blood, and forms a relationship with Perry Smith, one of the killers, now on death row.
We knew that the story wasn’t going to shine him in the best of lights. But it’s a tragedy and there wouldn’t be tragedy if you didn’t see the self-awareness happen, which is not a pleasant one. That happens to him and it begins this downfall, so that’s the story. That’s the story, it wasn’t like a judgment that we made, that’s the story. This guy died at age 59 alone, of alcoholism, without writing another book. That’s the story.