Hoffman plays Gust Avrakotos, a CIA agent, in this drama directed by Mike Nichols. Texas congressman Charlie Wilson teams up with Avrakotos, a renegade, and a Houston socialite to assist Afghani rebels in their war with the Soviets. Their efforts contribute to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold war.
I read about his life, and the things he did before this story are outrageous. When he says that people were trying to kill him, that’s something that would have come out of his mouth. When he was in Greece he did live a life where he was at risk of being killed, and his companion had been killed earlier. It was a case of one of those great characters where you could really get behind – somebody who’s life was lived in such extremes.