Philip Seymour Hoffman Poses for Haunting Photo Weeks Before Death

02/03/2014 at 10:00 AM EST

Philip Seymour Hoffman Poses for Haunting Photo Weeks Before Death
Philip Seymour Hoffman
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The image was eerie then, devastating now.

Philip Seymour Hoffman looks chillingly vacant in this tintype photo he posed for at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 19, just two weeks before his death Sunday from an apparent heroin overdose.

Photographer Victoria Will took this portrait while Hoffman was promoting A Most Wanted Man with costars Willem Dafoe and Rachel McAdams.

Despite the somber look of the image, Will tells PEOPLE that Hoffman appeared to be "having a great time that day."

"He just was a regular guy," says Will. "Very approachable."

Entertainment Weekly also sat down with Hoffman and Christina Hendricks and director John Slattery at Sundance to talk about their film God's Pocket, which refers to a gritty neighborhood where Hoffman's character "lives outside the law" to survive by hijacking trucks and stealing meat.

"I'm not attached to anyone, really, except through this fantasy I have," Hoffman says of his relationship with Hendricks's character and his attempt to be a part of the fabric of life.

See the trio talk the film, working with one another and a smiley Hoffman explain why the festival is about "letting go."

With reporting by SAMANTHA MILLER

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