Philip Seymour Hoffman's death from an apparent drug overdose has sent shockwaves through Hollywood. Lionsgate — which produces The Hunger Games movies that Hoffman so deftly contributed to — released a statement this afternoon mourning the loss of the Oscar winner.
"Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation," Lionsgate said. "We’re very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip’s family.”
Hoffman's Catching Fire character, Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, was supposed to have a large role in the two sequels yet to come. The 46-year-old actor had reportedly finished shooting most of Part 1, and had approximately seven days left of filming Part 2. It is unclear how director Frances Lawrence will rewrite or change the plot, but Lionsgate has assured fans that the scheduled released dates of Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015 will not change.
Hoffman's co-star Jennifer Lawrence, Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence, author Suzanne Collins, and producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik released a joint statement after news got out that Hoffman was found dead in his NYC apartment, saying: “Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family.”
Fast & Furious and Glee producers faced the same filming problems after Paul Walker and Cory Monteith's deaths. The issue was especially pressing for Fast & Furious 7 producers and writers. When Paul Walker died in November in a horrific car crash, Fast & Furious 7 was only partially finished. It became cost-prohibitive to remove Walker's character from the film entirely.
Instead, according to the Hollywood Reporter, producers have decided to "retire" his character. Now The Hunger Games producers will need to find a respectful way to rewrite Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee's plotline.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Feb. 2, police responded to a call by his friend who found Hoffman's body in his NYC apartment. Hoffman was found with a needle in his arm, the police said.
"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone," his family said in a statement. "This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."
Hoffman won an Oscar for his gripping portrait of the journalist Truman Capote. Most recently, Hoffman was known for his involvement in the popular Hunger Games franchise. But previously he was nominated for four Academy Awards, with one win for his depiction of journalist Truman Capote, author of, In Cold Blood.
Hoffman's incredible performances in Scent of a Woman, Moneyball and Almost Famous have recently been overshadowed by an apparent drug problem. In May 2013, Hoffman checked himself into an East Coast rehab facility voluntarily for a heroin addiction, according to TMZ.
Though Hoffman had battled a drug addiction for a long time, he was reportedly sober for 23 years. His fans, friends and family are now shocked, finding themselves left to put the puzzle pieces together of a talented life lost way too soon.
Watch Philip Seymour Hoffman below to hear what he had to say about his role in Hunger Games: