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Philip Seymour Hoffman Not 'Digitally Recreated' for 'Hunger Games' Film

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 09:27 AM

The late Philip Seymour Hoffman's final on-screen appearance comes later this month with the premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," where he plays Plutarch Heavensbee.

According to Us Weekly, the rumor was that at least some of Hoffman's role would be digitally created, as he died before the filming of Part 2 fully wrapped. Fortunately, that rumor is false.

"We're not creating anything digital," director Francis Lawrence said ahead of the film's release. "We're only using real footage."

In his role as Plutarch Heavensbee, the head Gamemaker turned commander of the revolution, Hoffman had a rare opportunity to portray a character that evolves widely over the course of the trilogy.

Director Lawrence said that Hoffman's brilliant performance accurately captured the essence of the character, adding that "Phil shows us who Plutarch really is."

Costar Mahershala Ali said the same, illuminating the late actor's methodical approach to getting his characters just right.

"He was terrific: deep, thoughtful, smart, enormously talented," he explained. "Even a scene that seemed simple, he would try to find something deeper. He’d stop for a good 45 minutes, and we’d all hash it out to get a grasp of the characters. I’ve never seen someone work a scene like he did. He cared passionately, and I’ll keep that with me for the rest of my life."

Costar Woody Harrelson, star of HBO's "True Detective," also had good things to say in remembering Hoffman.

"The memory that sticks out most for me is a hospital scene we did," Harrelson told Us Weekly. "I put these paddles on him and went, 'Clear!' The second time, he laughed and put me in a wrestling hold. He was so strong! He used to be a wrestler. Such a fun guy. I’ll always love him."

Hoffman died of a drug overdose in February. He was 46.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" hits the box office November 21.



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