'Mockingjay' Director on Philip Seymour Hoffman: We Didn't Use CGI to Complete Performance

Philip Seymour Hoffman
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Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Feb. 2 in his New York City apartment. He was 46. Police found Hoffman dead on the floor of the bathroom in the apartment with envelopes allegedly containing heroin in the residence. Hoffman won the best actor Oscar for playing Truman Capote. Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Hoffman also was Oscar nominated for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012). He received Tony Award noms for True West (2000), Long Day's Journey Into Night (2003) and, as Willy Loman, in Death of a Salesman (2012).

The actor died Feb. 2 while the films were still shooting

Philip Seymour Hoffman had two scenes with dialogue left to shoot for the two-part The Hunger Games: Mockingjay films when he died in February, leaving director Francis Lawrence and the team not only to grieve, but also to figure out how to best move forward with the project.

Lawrence said that they chose to rewrite rather than use CGI or stand-ins to help complete Hoffman's role as Plutarch in the films. He called the decision easy, adding that Hoffman was one of the best actors of all time. 

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“I just think to try to fake a Philip Seymour Hoffman performance would have been catastrophic and I would never want to do that,” he told The Huffington Post.

The upcoming Furious 7 took a different approach, with Paul Walker's brothers Caleb and Cody Walker standing in for their late brother to help complete filming.

Mockingjay — Part 1 hits theaters Nov. 21.