“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… These days the technology of using someone’s likeness is a whole lot easier to do,” said Rob Legato to Hollywood Reporter, an Academy Award winning visual effects editor with credits on films such as Avatar, Titanic, and most recently Wolf of Wall Street.
Legato suggests that future big budget films may use facial scanning or motion capture technology, allowing actors to digitally record their performances ahead of time, offering insurance should anything happen before principal photography is set to take place.
Hoffman had already completed the bulk of his filming for the final installment of The Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Mockinjay — Part 2, but when considering the current plight of Universal Studios, having to completely shut down production after the loss of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, Legato may be on to something.
Hoffman’s played Head Gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games series, and is best known for his Oscar winning turn as Truman Capote in the 2005 biographical film Capote.
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