’s final role prior to his February 2014 death, the unaired original pilot episode for Happyish, has been uploaded online for the first time.
, who directed the pilot episode of the Showtime dark comedy series, took to Instagram Friday ( The Playlist) to share the episode, noting it was “a caustic but heartwarming Valentine’s love story.” The director also noted a scene where Hoffman’s character, was “fraternizing with] a double-stuffed Keebler elf.”
Happyish — with the Keebler elf suicide scene intact but the sex scene toned down — ultimately ran for one season in 2015, with Steve Coogan replacing the late Hoffman in the lead role before Showtime canceled the series.
Following his death, Hoffman appeared posthumously in a pair of The Hunger Games installments, but Mitchell noted the Happyish pilot marked the actor’s “final filmed role” prior to his deadly overdose.
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I directed the original unaired 2013 pilot of #Happyish, a Showtime comedy starring the brilliant #philipseymourhoffman in his last filmed role. (He is fraternizing w a double-stuffed Keebler elf in this pic). It’s now on youtube – find the link in my bio. A caustic but heartwarming Valentine’s love story written by misanthropic genius #shalomauslander and costarring #kathrynhahn