No VFX Used to Finish Philip Seymour Hoffman's 'Mockingjay' Role
Following the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, we learned that the actor would not be recast in the two-part finale The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, and he had actually finished most of his filming before passing away. However, for the few things that still needed to be filmed, it was said that visual effects would be used to recreate Hoffman's likeness in order to complete his part in the film. THR now reports that CGI was not used to complete the role, and it was a decision that was made after the cast and crew had time to grieve and figure out the best way to fix the unfortunate obstacle facing them in production. Read on!
Addressing the determining factor in the decision, director Francis Lawrence said, "I just think to try to fake a Philip Seymour Hoffman performance would have been catastrophic and I would never want to do that." And so they fix was simply to rewrite the film in order to fit the absence of Hoffman. It's not clear just what was left to film, though previously it was said one part was big scene involving several cast members. Perhaps it will be easy to tell where the workaround comes into play, but at least we get to see Hoffman deliver this final performance this weekend without being assisted by special effects.
I'm glad they decided to do this. I think it's a classy move on their part, besides the fact that it would probably be extremely hard to be unnoticeable. 'Tron: Legacy' suffered the same issue with the CGI young version of Jeff Bridges.
Danimal on Nov 17, 2014
Good call. I'll feel better now about seeing him in these last films.
Douglas Kolacki on Nov 17, 2014
Much respect to Lawrence and company.
DAVIDPD on Nov 17, 2014
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