It’s a tragic and heartbreaking thing when someone passes away, but a death is more complicated when that person happened to be one of the hardest working people in Hollywood. Philip Seymour Hoffman died last Sunday in his Manhattan apartment but he left a series of projects unfinished, one of which happens to be a major blockbuster film.
Hoffman’s role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay wasn’t yet finished when he died of a drug overdose on Sunday, and the filmmakers are trying to decide how to finish his remaining scenes for the film. According to the New York Post, Hoffman will be digitally recreated using computer animation.
The filmmakers behind the “Hunger Games” movies will digitally recreate late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in a major yet-to-be-shot scene, sources from the flick said.
Editors will use computer graphics and camera tricks — instead of rewriting the script — to film at least one heartfelt scene featuring Hoffman’s character, the gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee.
We’ve seen this done a number of times, most recently with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator: Salvation and Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy. Hoffman also won’t be the first actor to be digitally recreated after his death as Ridley Scott used this technique to finish Oliver Reed’s scenes when the actor died of a heart attack while filming Gladiator.
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