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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Student Film

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He just won an Oscar for Capote, but that doesn t mean that Philip Seymour Hoffman is too big to play small roles.

Look for the star to appear onscreen next in Simply Leon, a film by Tim Farmer, a senior at Fairport (N.Y.) High School.

Last year Hoffman visited Fairport, his alma mater, and Farmer pitched a seven-second role in the short he was making for media class. “He gave me his all,” Farmer, 18, tells PEOPLE. “He even said the F-word, which I didn’t call for.”

The director hopes to debut Leon in L.A. this summer. As for compensation, “I asked him if I had to pay,” says Farmer. “He said, ‘I don’t think you have to pay me for using the F-word.'”