Actors die, but some of their roles leave behind an everlasting image. Movies do take a lot of efforts and dedicating an entire film to actors, after their deaths, can be a really hectic job to do. On the top of it, passing away of one of the leading actors during shooting can be one hell of a loss that can’t be compensated easily. Death of celebrities usually hit their fans hard and leave them all depressed and mourning. Well, makers decided to keep some of the faces alive even in their absence. Here is a list of 12 actors who appeared on-screen even post death.
1. Bruce Lee – (1940-73)
Bruce Lee died on July 20, 1973, after being diagnosed with cerebral edema. He possibly had an allergic reaction to some medicine that he might have taken mistakenly. The shooting of this film ‘Game Of Death’ began shortly before the death of Bruce Lee. Considering the fact that this could be the second hit for the deceased star, the crew decided to use body doubles, voice-overs, and cardboard cut outs. As a matter of fact, the film even showed footage from Lee’s actual funeral in the scene where the character was supposed to fake his own death.
2. Brandon Lee – (1965-93)
Looks like the ‘Lee Boys’ had same fate written in their destiny to appear on-screen even post death. Like his father, Brandon too died while filming for a movie and appeared on-screen even after the demise. He died due to a fatal wound in the stomach that he suffered while filming the scene where the main character was to be shot. Remaining scenes were shot by some other actor and movie was completed using computer graphics and earlier footage of the actor.
3. Marlon Brando – (1924-2004)
Marlon died on 2004 but his last on-screen appearance was made in 2006. Of course, technology had a big role to play. Computer graphics and material from the original movie made it all easier. Marlon’s face was computer modeled and animated on the basis of the raw filming of the last century. Well, we all are well aware of the realistic results that we experienced.
4. Heath Ledger – (1979-2008)
Unfortunately, our favorite villain has made his way to this list too. The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus is the actor’s last and unfinished film before he passed away due to cardiac arrest as a result of prescribed drug intoxication. Therefore, the team came up with an idea, as a result of which Heath’s face could be replaced by any character after he went through magic dimensions. Undoubtedly presence of these many celebrity faces did cheer us all up.
5. Paul Walker – (197-2013)
There is hardly any Fast & Furious lover on the earth that didn’t shed a tear for this guy. Paul Walker died when his car crashed into a concrete lamp post and caught fire, just before the primary schedule for ‘Fast & Furious 7’ was about to begin. The script was worked on again and his brothers joined the film as his stand in. Also, creators never killed Paul’s character but allowed him to beautifully ride off into the sunset. Truly speaking, he is one of those faces who appeared on-screen post death and left us all jaw dropped and sobbing at the same time.
6. Peter Cushing -(1913-1994)
Technology again pulled it off when Peter Cushing popped up in a new Star Wars movie, Rogue One, even when he was long gone in 1994. The VFX supervisor and the producer of the film decided to bring in his digital double. This decision did spook off the entire crew but final results definitely surpassed their expectations. ‘Tarkin doesn’t look he’s digital at all’.
7. Bette Davis – (1908-89)
Davis did shock the world by making one comeback after another in spite of having from cancer and stroke. Her last film was ‘Wicked Stepmother’, whose script was reworked due to the absence of actress. A drag queen was called into dub Davis’s dialogues and her character was transformed into a cat for a large portion of the film. As a matter of fact, she lived long enough to see the film being released before she passed away several months later.
8. Oliver Reed – (1938-99)
Reed was the epitome of an irresponsible boozy womanizer which seemed very natural for his role in ‘Gladiator’. He died of a sudden heart attack around 3 weeks ago before the shooting of the movie was completed. Reed’s character was killed off and a body double was brought in for rest of essential shots.
9. Audrey Hepburn – (1929-93)
Galaxy (Or Dove) chocolates advertisement was one of the famous ads in 2013. After resolving all the ethical issues with her sons, search for a body double began and her face appeared on-screen even after her death.
10. Peter Sellers – (1925-80)
Well, this is one of the bizarre cases. Peter died even before the shooting of movie started. Creators were still in favor of the classic Inspector Clouseau from the series o Pink Panther. Authors edited a role from parts of the previous pictures of series and raw frames. As a matter of fact, his widow filed a lawsuit against producers and received $1M for charges.
11. Laurence Olivier – (1907-89)
Laurence is yet one of the legendary actors who appeared on-screen even post death. Kerry Conran, director of Sky Captain and the World Of Tomorrow decided to pay him tribute by keeping his face in the movie. In the movie, the villain is spotted talking to the dead head which is none other than Laurene. The scene was created with the help of motion capture technology and his archives.
12. Three Iconic Actresses in Dior 2011 Ad
As we all can recall, graceful Charlize Theron has been the face of Dior fragrances since mid-2000’s. Later in 2011, Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, and Marilyn Monroes joined her. Their faces were recreated with help of graphics and technically, they appeared on-screen post death.