After the sudden death of legendary actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, it was wildly reported by sources close to Mockingjay's production that the scenes he didn't get to film will be filled in by a CGI double. Unlike Paul Walker in [Fast & Furious 7](movie:264263), Hunger Games 3 Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence refused to replace one of his actors with special effects. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Lawrence addressed why he chose not to use a CGI model of Hoffman:
“He had two scenes with dialogue that were left and we decided we didn't want to try any digital trickery with him, so we rewrote the scenes and gave his dialogue to other actors...there was one scene from part one and one scene from part two, so we shot them back to back.”
The interviewer then said that CGI technology had improved since a critically derided model of the late Nancy Marchand was used on the Sopranos. To this, Lawrence responded with:
It has, but he was one of the greatest actors, I think, of all time...I just think to try and fake a Phillip Seymour Hoffman performance would have been catastrophic...I would never want to do that....I just thought this would be the best way to get around such a horrible thing.
CGI models of actors in the past have received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Some feel that the technology gives believable images while others see it as fake-looking and creepy. Some famous examples include a CGI model of a young Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy and a model of late actor Oliver Reed in Ridley Scott's Gladiator.
So what do you think? Did Francis Lawrence do the right thing in Hunger Games 3 and honor Hoffman's talent or did he do his character injustice by giving away his dialogue? We may have to wait until the movie comes out to truly find out.