The film’s director prefers to use raw footage of the late actor rather than CGI to “replace” him.
We’ll be seeing less of Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” films than initially expected as director Francis Lawrence has revealed that he didn’t utilise CGI to finish Hoffman’s remaining scenes.
Hoffman had almost completed his turn as Plutarch Heavensbee for the final 2 instalments of “The Hunger Games” franchise, “Mockingjay – Part 1” and “Mockingjay – Part 2”, when he died on 2nd Feb from mixed drug intoxication. Lawrence said that the creative team shied away from using “digital trickery” to replace Hoffman.
Lawrence talked to HuffPost Live about rewriting the script after production resumed on Mockingjay following the actor’s untimely death. “He had two scenes with dialogue that were left and we decided we didn’t want to try any kind of digital trickery with him, so we rewrote his scenes and gave his dialogue to other actors. So there was one scene from Part 1 and one scene from Part 2, so we shot both movies back to back,” he said.
Lawrence said it would have been disastrous to use technology to recreate such a talented actor’s performance.
“He was one of the greatest actors, I think, of all time and I just think to try to fake a Philip Seymour Hoffman performance would have been catastrophic and I would never want to do that,” Lawrence said. “I just think this was the best way to be able to get around such a horrible thing.”
We’ll leave you now with the final trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1“, slated to open in Malaysia this week:
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