Aaron Sorkin: Philip Seymour Hoffman Said Death Would Save Lives

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Aaron Sorkin, who worked closely with Philip Seymour Hoffman, is now sharing something the actor once told him.

Sorkin— an award-winning screenwriter and producer– said he and Hoffman had two things in common: They were both fathers and both recovering drug addicts.

He told TIME he recalls Hoffman’s words to him while they were rehearsing for the movie, ‘Charlie Wilson’s War.’ “If one of us dies of an overdose, probably 10 people who were about to won’t.”

Sorkin said Hoffman meant that either one of their deaths would make news and possibly ‘scare someone clean.’

Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday.

Investigators believe he died from a heroin overdose.

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