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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