You read that right. With the STAR of the series dead, they’re going to complete his role with CGI. While it’s understandable they’d want to do it as a work of love, it does raise some eyebrows. Reportedly, filming is to resume in April with 4 different actors filling in for Walker’s body while they crop his face on with a computer (and likely emulate his voice). This is nothing too new, as CGI and a body doubles were used to fill in for a few moments in The Crow when Brandon Lee died, but that actor had no lines and the only CGI image was Lee’s face in a mirror. Gladiator did the same when Olive Reed had a heart attack. The new Fast and the Furious title looks to do more than any other film has with replacing an actor by CGI.
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