Seymour Hoffman is nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 85th Academy Awards for portraying Lancaster Dodd in The Master. He speaks on the role:
He’s a fictitious character. So I tried to think of a lot of other things, in myself. I was very literal about it. I wasn’t interested in playing L Ron Hubbard, because, ultimately, it wasn’t his story, so I didn’t want it to be confusing.