Phillip Seymour Hoffman

EW Reports on Hoffman’s Death and Its Effect on The Hunger Games

Phillip Seymour Hoffman


It seems meaningless in some ways to contemplate how the loss of one of the world’s finest actors might affect movies in progress, but for fans of The Hunger Games, one of the first questions that arose following Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s tragic death today was, “What happens to Mockingjay?”  EW  has reported that the 46 year-old actor had completed all of his shots for part one of Mockingjay, which is scheduled for a November 2014 release.  He did have a week of shooting left on part two.  It remains to be seen how Francis Lawrence and the rest of the cast and crew will mold the back half of the story to explain his absence, but I think today they’re mostly just missing a friend and a peerless talent.  EW’s full report after the break:Fans of The Hunger Games franchise had the great pleasure of watching Philip Seymour Hoffman rip into the expanded character of Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire. In the wake of news of the actor’s  death, Lionsgate released a statement this afternoon mourning the great loss: ”Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation. We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send  our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”

Plutarch remains a pivotal figure in the two remaining sequels: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. Hoffman is said to have largely wrapped on the Part 1 shoot, and had seven remaining days of filming left forPart 2. How director Frances Lawrence and team will work around his tragic absence is still unknown. But their colleague and friend’s death won’t effect the films’ scheduled release dates of Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.

UPDATE: Jennifer Lawrence,Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins, and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik released a joint statement following the news of Hoffman’s death. “Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”

4 thoughts on “EW Reports on Hoffman’s Death and Its Effect on The Hunger Games”

  1. CGI is almost good enough to make this a moot point in the near future. In fact, I gather that some entertainers are already starting to consider how their likenesses will be used after their death.
    If Hoffman was in pain because of his drug addiction, I hope he now has peace. I hope he understood how many people admired him and loved his work. If he did, the knowledge must not have been enough.


    1. Posthumous likeness use is going to be an issue at some point because CGI will become so good that the question of will the estate of actor X allow them to be used in movies the way Gene Kelly was in a vacuum cleaner ad is going to become a real issue. Celebrities have access to substances with a frightening ease and with the pressure of that life, that this doesn’t happen more often surprises me. I hope Hoffman’s at peace and really the rest of all this doesn’t matter much at all. It’s a sad day.


      1. It’s funny how the tragic death of a great artist—an actor, a writer, anything—puts the art in perspective, making it seem rather fleeting and unimportant. And yet, paradoxically, at the same time, we are acutely reminded of how the artist’s work, in its way, contributed to giving our life meaning—which is what all good art does, or is supposed to do.


      2. Ben Franklin said, “If you would be remembed after death write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.” I’m sure I got that wrong because he never would have ended a sentence in a preposition, but with modern media, the point holds true. I miss Paul Newman, but I can pop in Road to Perdition or The Hustler and there he is. The work lives on, which is why it’s frustrating when good actors waste time with crap movies. No one is promised tomorrow. Do the best you can where you can while you can. Hoffman did that pretty well.


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