'Mockingjay' Will Have to Digitally Recreate Philip Seymour Hoffman

February 7, 2014
Source: THR

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Following the heartbreaking news that Philip Seymour Hoffman had died last weekend (read my personal tribute and farewell here), Lionsgate revealed that only seven days of filming needed to be completed on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part II. The studio said they would not need to recast Hoffman, but THR learned that one major scene still needed to be completed, and it involved Hoffman's character, gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, who becomes fairly important after the end of Catching Fire. The source said, "they seem to have plans that don’t seem very complicated" and "You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to." More below!

Now it appears we know how the filmmaker's will get around this tragic circumstance. The New York Post says the filmmakers will digitally recreate Hoffman for this unknown, pivotal scene that Heavensbee must be present for in the film. The scene has yet to be shot, and knowing the kind of things special effects can do today, this isn't surprising news. Obviously they won't be able to add lines that Hoffman hadn't already recorded, but if filmmakers can make Jeff Bridges young again in Tron Legacy, this shouldn't be a problem at all. It might be odd if noticeable, but we don't even know the scene in question, so we'll find out.

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Reader Feedback - 21 Comments


Sad that Hoffman is gone...he was a great actor. At least they caught the dealer...seems like said dealer is getting all the blame...Hoffman fucked up...RIP.

Xerxexx on Feb 7, 2014


Heroin is a helluva drug.

cobrazombie on Feb 10, 2014


hmmm i wonder what that will look like.

Rock n Rollllll on Feb 7, 2014


CG Hoffman? Let's call Andy Serkis for some motion capture work!

DavideCoppola on Feb 8, 2014



Nielsen700 on Feb 8, 2014


Bo dun kicked the hornets' nest. // He'll still be great.

DAVIDPD on Feb 9, 2014


I went to the dark side and looked through his comments thread. Wow.

Shannon on Feb 9, 2014


If it's anything similar to the way the Sopranos dealt with the loss of Nancy Marchand (Tony's Mother, Livia) I see now reason why it can't turn out well. His addition to Catching Fire was a great one! Granted - Mockingjay is by far a weaker story than the other two, so there's that to deal with.

Shannon on Feb 9, 2014


I remember when they did this with Oliver Reed in Gladiator. I didn't mind it then, I was just happy they were able to keep the continuity and honor the actor with his final scene. The technology was in its infancy then. As others have said, after Tron, a scene or two should be no problem.

Gohikeone on Feb 9, 2014


Only Skynet can recreate Hoffman.

Perry Pijnenburg on Feb 9, 2014

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