The role? A lonely masturbating phone stalker (Alan Melanome) who finds comfort in the arms of a homicidal rape victim.
[Hoffman auditioned twice and bulked up to 235 pounds to play the role.]
[PSH adopted his middle name in accord with Equity union rules (they already had a Phil Hoffman). "So if you ever think it's because of pretentiousness," PSH once remarked, "it might be... but it might not be."]