The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman rocked the world of his friends, fans and family. Megastar franchise ‘The Hunger Games’ also felt the effects as they were ramping up production on the final installments of their trilogy–ones that would feature Hoffman’s character quite heavily. So with Hoffman tragically passing away, much like Paul Walker earlier in the year, the ‘Hunger Games’ crew had to make a decision. How would they handle finishing out Hoffman’s character? Well, one thing became clear pretty quickly–there would be no CGI replacements. Big thanks to friend Keith Mann for sharing this story with me.
Director Francis Lawrence, who is handling the final installments of the franchise, revealed to the press that he would not use any form of ‘digital trickery’ to fill in Hoffman’s last scenes in the film. Lawrence instead made the difficult, but probably correct, decision to rework the script to finish Hoffman’s character gracefully. The truth was that Hoffman had finished all but two of his scenes featuring dialogue–one scene in ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ and one scene in ‘Mockingjay Part 2’.
So in order to honor his memory and maintain the integrity of the script Lawrence decided to hand those lines off to different actors in the related scenes. This kept his information in tact without having to try and fool the audience into believing what really couldn’t be Lawrence cited the fact that Hoffman was one of the ‘greatest actors of all time’ and that they felt foolish to try and mimic his talents. ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ is now in theaters.