CAPOTE is tipped for five Oscar wins next month (MAR06), including another acting accolade for Hoffman's performance, but the star insists his role was a huge challenge.
And he admits that capturing the Breakfast at Tiffany's writer on set often left him extremely frustrated.
He says, "When you're playing a character, I think you have to leave the doors open as long as possible about them, try to put judgment aside.
"Pretty much everything is nuanced. Capote for sure - he's incredibly elusive, and it's kind of maddening playing him because he was elusive."