Monday, 3 February 2014

"Drug demons win battle against Oscar-winning actor after fighting him half of his life"

From The Mirror:

Tenacious Class A drug heroin finally won its battle against Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman after fighting him for more than half of his life.

The century old morphine substitute won its final victory at the weekend, leaving the 46-year-old star dead in his New York apartment. The highly addictive substance had to first overcome his treatment for heroin use and dependency to pills.

Sources close to the illegal opiate said the 'demon drug' had long been struggling to overcome the actor's attempts to stay clean.

But last year it was reported that the popular sedative had managed to pull him back "off the wagon" 23 years after he first quit booze and drugs, having feared that it would fail to kill him.


The Stigler said...

it does create a problem for the last two Hunger Games movies as he was supposed to be in them.

Derek said...

The Hunger Games'll be fine. Put Andy Serkis in a motion capture suit. Bit of CGI and Bob's your uncle. Job done.

The Stigler said...


I just spotted a story that he'd already completed shooting on Mockinjay 1 and had nearly finished Mockingjay 2.

They'll probably just make some subtle changes to the script.

I forget the timescales on film productions sometimes, especially now that they go through months of CG post-production.

The Stigler said...


I'd rather they had replaced Orlando Bloom in The Hobbit with Andy Serkis in a CG suit, or for that matter, Orlando Bloom in anything.

Mark Wadsworth said...

TS, continuing this 'blog's fine tradition of the comments going completely o/t, AFAIAA the first instance of a dead actor being CGI'd into a film was "The Crow", and that was 20 years ago when they still used valves in computers and the internet was only in black and white and closed down at midnight. After playing the national anthem.

The Stigler said...


Nice one. If you'd asked me the first time that was done, I'd have probably replied with Oliver Reed in Gladiator, but The Crow preceded that by 6 years.

Mark Wadsworth said...

TS, that's the funny thing, those were the two films which immediately sprang to mind, but I wouldn't have know which one was first if I hadn't Googled them.