This past November actor Paul Walker and star of the popular “Fast & Furious” franchise passed away in a tragic car accident. His death came as a shock to his friends, family, and costars alike.
Walker’s death also put producers Vin Diesel and Neil H. Moritz in a bind of figuring out how to have Walker’s star character, Brian O’Conner, exit the franchise in the upcoming Fast and the Furious 7. Production was well underway for the film’s seventh installments, posing the question, how can this be done? CGI technology allows digital animation artists to bring Walker back to life.
The New York Daily News reports that, “They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base,” one source close to production tells us. “Paul’s face and voice will be used on top using CGI”.
This CGI call has sparked controversy amongst fans and critics, half arguing that this could be creepy and distasteful, while the other half agree it’s the only way possible to witness Walker’s final performance.
In the past, films in similar situations rarely achieve box office success with attempts to reshoot, recast or simply omit characters that have untimely passed midway through production. However, with the highly successful Fast & Furious franchise (the latest installment Fast & Furious 6 bringing in a whopping $789 million) the pressure is on to successfully transition Walker’s character out in a strategic and respectful manner.
Do you think using CGI is distasteful or creepy for bringing the deceased back to life? Or do you think it’s a just technological solution to reprise his final role? Are you planning on seeing Fast & Furious 7? Tell us in the comments below!
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