Philip Seymour Hoffman still had seven days left of filming ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2’ when he died of a suspected overdose on Feb. 2, and now the film is working on digitally recreating the actor for his last remaining crucial scene.
When Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an alleged heroin overdose on Feb. 2, he still had one major scene left to film on Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.
‘Hunger Games’ Will Digitally Recreate Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip definitely made his mark in the Hunger Games franchise with his captivating performance as Plutarch Heavensbee, the new head gamemaker for the titular games. His role will only increase with the two remaining Mockingjay films — Plutarch becomes a mentor to Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss — so Lionsgate had a major problem on their hands when the actor tragically died before filming one last crucial scene.
However, Page Six is now reporting that the studio will use CGI technology to edit the film rather than editing the scene out of the script, or hiring a new actor to take his place.
“These days the technology of using someone’s likeness is a whole lot easier to do,” veteran special effects supervisor Rob Legato speculated Monday, Feb. 3 to The Hollywood Reporter. “I won’t say you could generate a Philip Seymour Hoffman with all the acting ability, but you could certainly replicate him for a shot or two.”
‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Suffers From Phillip Seymour Hoffman Death
The news of Hoffman’s digital recreation definitely fits Lionsgate’s narrative, as the studio is claiming that Philip’s death only affected the films emotionally.
“We’re all extraordinarily sad,” a Lionsgate executive told THR. “But as it relates to production, it’s going to have no impact. Obviously, we’re going to have a couple of work-around issues but the movie will be creatively whole. His performances in both [remaining] movies will be up to the best of his craft. We feel it will be a good tribute to him.”
What do you think about Lionsgate’s decision, HollywoodLifers?
— Shaunna Murphy