Philip Seymour Hoffman Will Be Digitally Added to ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’

One of my personal favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman roles was also one of his last -- that of head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games trilogy. He played it perfectly, and I was very much looking forward to him reprising the role for the last two movies, so I was somewhat selfishly disconcerted about how the production company was going to handle the situation.

I needn’t have worried. It turns out that Hoffman had virtually completed his filming for Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and only had seven days left of filming for Part 2.

But still, there was one major scene involving Heavensbee that hadn’t been filmed yet. No matter in today’s CGI world though -- it’s being reported that Lionsgate is planning to digitally re-create the actor instead of hiring a new one or rewriting the script.

"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."

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Another insider from the film company said, “You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to.”

I’m so glad they decided to go this route. Hoffman was such a talented actor that it will be wonderful to have two more films in his legacy to enjoy.

Are you happy to hear that the role of Plutarch Heavensbee won't be recast?


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adamat34 adamat34

Sad death. Death always is. We,as a culture need to stop overly memorializing these drug overdoses.

These people died from drugs! Not cancer not a viral infection or terror attack. They chose to inject themselves and had the money to seek the best treatment a lot of addicts don't have that opportunity I am not celebrating this shit. By all accounts he knew he needed help and didn't do shit about it. Then I blame them. We have people rotting in the streets with no access to food or proper health care fuck these Hollywood assholes who think this is untreatable issue. Get off your ass and do something about it

nonmember avatar Nyorker

I'm glad that we the audience will be able to see Mr. Seymour in the last two if The Hunger Games. My heart breaks for his children. I know and realize that he made bad choices. But, I think the mean comments on here are cruel and unnecessary. His children could easily read these someday. I don't believe he wanted to die. He had an addiction that he fought and stayed clean for 22 years. I hope his kids will remember the father he was to them and what a talented actor he was, not the terrible way he died. May he RIP and I pray God will help his children as they mourn their fathers death.

Kate Cooley

This isn't going to turn out well. Hollywood CGI has yet to aptly replicate actual humans in any decent manner. Maybe for a brief scene or two, but it's going to look terrible.

lulou lulou

Kate are you sure, havent you seen Looker?

Coles... Coles_mom

That would be true Kate if they had a whole movie to make with a cgi person....however in this case he had all but a week's worth of scenes already filmed. It'll be fairly easy to add/ blurry guy behind main characters.

kayba... kaybayblee3

They did it with that guy in Gladiater some years ago when Oliver Reed died during filming. It actually looked pretty good, so I can't wait to see what they do with this movie.

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