A true star fell this past weekend with the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday morning. What began as an exciting Super Bowl game day in New York turned into a day of monumental heartbreak for Hoffman’s family, friends, fans, and the film industry. Set to play Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Hoffman was only seven days away from wrapping up filming for Part 2. Dalton Ross and EW’s Karen Valby reflect on what Hoffman’s loss means for The Hunger Games franchise.
Anticipating what the next steps might be for The Hunger Games, Ross looked to the deaths of Paul Walker and Heath Ledger. “When you come out with a movie… you want to take people on an escape in a way. There is a feeling of, ‘Well, we don’t want to remind people of real life tragedy,’” Ross said.
Valby reflected on the magnitude of what Hoffman’s acting presence meant on the set of Mockingjay and the loss it would be to the films’ legacy. “It’s huge to get somebody like him attached… that high caliber Shakespearean level talent… is what Philip Seymour Hoffman was,” said Valby.
Only seven days away from wrapping up filming for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Valby went on to say that Hoffman’s death will not alter the November 2014 and November 2015 release dates for the upcoming films despite his magnified role.
“The team really beefed up with the help of Hoffman in that role… he was going to be in the third and fourth movies that started shooting in September. Word is that he finished work on Mocking Jay: Part 1, and that he was only seven days from finishing up Mockingjay: Part 2… He is a supporting character, but they really amped up his scenes… If you have an actor like Philip Seymour Hoffman, you really want to put him to best use.”