Interrupting my own tumblr-hyatus again, ‘cause I had a sudden inspiration and I thought I should share it with the world… Or, at least, with the Fandom.
So, I’ve got no idea how far, exactly, into filming The Mockingjay parts 1 and 2 they were when Philip Seymour Hoffman left us. But, I guess there is a huge chance that it might end up affecting Plutarch Heavensbee’s destiny. I mean no disrespect towards his loved ones, but the show, as they say, must go on. And filmmakers will have to come up with a solution for that. (seriously, the personal loss to those who knew him IS FAR MORE RELEVANT THAN ANYTHING, no question! but we all remember the Richard Harris/Michael Gambon drama of 2003. and that wasn’t pretty.)
(R.I.P. Mr. Hoffman, Dusty will always be in our hearts…)
The solution that occurred to me was SO FUCKING OBVIOUS, that the only reason I found for no one having mentioned it before, is that Mr. Hoffman was already done shooting his scenes when he left. My solution is simple: Seneca Crane.
(Yes. Seneca. Fucking. Crane.)
Before you call me crazy, just think about it. It was Crane’s idea to have two victors. He’s the one that spared the lives of both Katniss and Peeta, after all. Maybe the screenwriters could claim that he’d been in to the revolution from it’s early stages. But he had to disappear when President Snow decided to get rid of him. So, he could have been in District 13 while the events of Catching Fire took place, just biding his time. They could give Plutarch an honorable death, or something (but something beautiful, worthy of Philip’s talent), and then have Seneca to end Plutarch’s job. They could bring Mr. Mighty Awesome Beard of Awesomeness back, on public demand, plus it would give the issue a far better solution than replacing the actor, or simply killing the charcater off… Honestly.
(of course, being a die-hard Ricky Fitts fan myelf, for the past 14 years, I’d say that a little more of Wes Bentley can’t hurt anyone… ^^)