Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — When Philip Seymour Hoffman died this past February, he was in the middle of shooting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

His death, of acute mixed drug intoxication, rocked his co-stars and colleagues.

“It was about as horrible a thing that can happen. It was just completely tragic. It threw us all,” director Francis Lawrence told Vulture. “There were two substantial scenes that he had left, scenes with dialogue. All the other scenes he had were appearances in scenes where he had no dialogue.”

Hoffman, who was 46 at the time of his death, played Plutarch Heavensbee in the franchise films — a role he originated in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Recreating him digitally was never even a consideration, Lawrence said.

“We decided to rewrite the scenes and give his dialogue to other [actors],” he explained. “There’s a scene in Mockingjay Part 1 that Elizabeth Banks took over for, and there’s a scene in Mockingjay Part 2 that Woody Harrelson took over for.”

Still, the loss of Hoffman created deep sense of sadness for everybody working on the project. Going to work became difficult.

“It was a really tough, emotional time,” Lawrence said, “and tough getting back into work and trying to find a groove again.”

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Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — When Philip Seymour Hoffman died this past February, he was in the middle of shooting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

His death, of acute mixed drug intoxication, rocked his co-stars and colleagues.

“It was about as horrible a thing that can happen. It was just completely tragic. It threw us all,” director Francis Lawrence told Vulture. “There were two substantial scenes that he had left, scenes with dialogue. All the other scenes he had were appearances in scenes where he had no dialogue.”

Hoffman, who was 46 at the time of his death, played Plutarch Heavensbee in the franchise films — a role he originated in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Recreating him digitally was never even a consideration, Lawrence said.

“We decided to rewrite the scenes and give his dialogue to other [actors],” he explained. “There’s a scene in Mockingjay Part 1 that Elizabeth Banks took over for, and there’s a scene in Mockingjay Part 2 that Woody Harrelson took over for.”

Still, the loss of Hoffman created deep sense of sadness for everybody working on the project. Going to work became difficult.

“It was a really tough, emotional time,” Lawrence said, “and tough getting back into work and trying to find a groove again.”

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Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — When Philip Seymour Hoffman died this past February, he was in the middle of shooting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

His death, of acute mixed drug intoxication, rocked his co-stars and colleagues.

“It was about as horrible a thing that can happen. It was just completely tragic. It threw us all,” director Francis Lawrence told Vulture. “There were two substantial scenes that he had left, scenes with dialogue. All the other scenes he had were appearances in scenes where he had no dialogue.”

Hoffman, who was 46 at the time of his death, played Plutarch Heavensbee in the franchise films — a role he originated in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Recreating him digitally was never even a consideration, Lawrence said.

“We decided to rewrite the scenes and give his dialogue to other [actors],” he explained. “There’s a scene in Mockingjay Part 1 that Elizabeth Banks took over for, and there’s a scene in Mockingjay Part 2 that Woody Harrelson took over for.”

Still, the loss of Hoffman created deep sense of sadness for everybody working on the project. Going to work became difficult.

“It was a really tough, emotional time,” Lawrence said, “and tough getting back into work and trying to find a groove again.”

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Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — When Philip Seymour Hoffman died this past February, he was in the middle of shooting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

His death, of acute mixed drug intoxication, rocked his co-stars and colleagues.

“It was about as horrible a thing that can happen. It was just completely tragic. It threw us all,” director Francis Lawrence told Vulture. “There were two substantial scenes that he had left, scenes with dialogue. All the other scenes he had were appearances in scenes where he had no dialogue.”

Hoffman, who was 46 at the time of his death, played Plutarch Heavensbee in the franchise films — a role he originated in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Recreating him digitally was never even a consideration, Lawrence said.

“We decided to rewrite the scenes and give his dialogue to other [actors],” he explained. “There’s a scene in Mockingjay Part 1 that Elizabeth Banks took over for, and there’s a scene in Mockingjay Part 2 that Woody Harrelson took over for.”

Still, the loss of Hoffman created deep sense of sadness for everybody working on the project. Going to work became difficult.

“It was a really tough, emotional time,” Lawrence said, “and tough getting back into work and trying to find a groove again.”

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Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively are expecting their first child, and Reynolds says he’s more than prepared for this new chapter in his life.

“I don’t have a weak stomach,” Reynolds told People magazine. “I’m good with diapers and diarrhea and all that kind of stuff because I have lots of nieces and nephews, so I’ve done it all before.”

Reynolds revealed what he’s most looking forward to about the new addition. “I’m just excited about having a buddy,” he said, adding, “We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet, but whatever it is, you have this tether to reality that never goes away.”

The actor also said he’s not concerned about messing up as a first-time father.

“For a lot of new dads, you tend to dwell on the mistakes you don’t want to make,” he said. “I’m at that stage still where I’m focused primarily on being open and understanding and leaving a lot of room for error.”

There’s no word on when Lively and Reynolds, who wed in 2012, are expecting their bundle of joy.

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Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively are expecting their first child, and Reynolds says he’s more than prepared for this new chapter in his life.

“I don’t have a weak stomach,” Reynolds told People magazine. “I’m good with diapers and diarrhea and all that kind of stuff because I have lots of nieces and nephews, so I’ve done it all before.”

Reynolds revealed what he’s most looking forward to about the new addition. “I’m just excited about having a buddy,” he said, adding, “We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet, but whatever it is, you have this tether to reality that never goes away.”

The actor also said he’s not concerned about messing up as a first-time father.

“For a lot of new dads, you tend to dwell on the mistakes you don’t want to make,” he said. “I’m at that stage still where I’m focused primarily on being open and understanding and leaving a lot of room for error.”

There’s no word on when Lively and Reynolds, who wed in 2012, are expecting their bundle of joy.

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Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively are expecting their first child, and Reynolds says he’s more than prepared for this new chapter in his life.

“I don’t have a weak stomach,” Reynolds told People magazine. “I’m good with diapers and diarrhea and all that kind of stuff because I have lots of nieces and nephews, so I’ve done it all before.”

Reynolds revealed what he’s most looking forward to about the new addition. “I’m just excited about having a buddy,” he said, adding, “We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet, but whatever it is, you have this tether to reality that never goes away.”

The actor also said he’s not concerned about messing up as a first-time father.

“For a lot of new dads, you tend to dwell on the mistakes you don’t want to make,” he said. “I’m at that stage still where I’m focused primarily on being open and understanding and leaving a lot of room for error.”

There’s no word on when Lively and Reynolds, who wed in 2012, are expecting their bundle of joy.

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Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively are expecting their first child, and Reynolds says he’s more than prepared for this new chapter in his life.

“I don’t have a weak stomach,” Reynolds told People magazine. “I’m good with diapers and diarrhea and all that kind of stuff because I have lots of nieces and nephews, so I’ve done it all before.”

Reynolds revealed what he’s most looking forward to about the new addition. “I’m just excited about having a buddy,” he said, adding, “We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet, but whatever it is, you have this tether to reality that never goes away.”

The actor also said he’s not concerned about messing up as a first-time father.

“For a lot of new dads, you tend to dwell on the mistakes you don’t want to make,” he said. “I’m at that stage still where I’m focused primarily on being open and understanding and leaving a lot of room for error.”

There’s no word on when Lively and Reynolds, who wed in 2012, are expecting their bundle of joy.

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Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — When Philip Seymour Hoffman died this past February, he was in the middle of shooting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

His death, of acute mixed drug intoxication, rocked his co-stars and colleagues.

“It was about as horrible a thing that can happen. It was just completely tragic. It threw us all,” director Francis Lawrence told Vulture. “There were two substantial scenes that he had left, scenes with dialogue. All the other scenes he had were appearances in scenes where he had no dialogue.”

Hoffman, who was 46 at the time of his death, played Plutarch Heavensbee in the franchise films — a role he originated in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Recreating him digitally was never even a consideration, Lawrence said.

“We decided to rewrite the scenes and give his dialogue to other [actors],” he explained. “There’s a scene in Mockingjay Part 1 that Elizabeth Banks took over for, and there’s a scene in Mockingjay Part 2 that Woody Harrelson took over for.”

Still, the loss of Hoffman created deep sense of sadness for everybody working on the project. Going to work became difficult.

“It was a really tough, emotional time,” Lawrence said, “and tough getting back into work and trying to find a groove again.”

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Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively are expecting their first child, and Reynolds says he’s more than prepared for this new chapter in his life.

“I don’t have a weak stomach,” Reynolds told People magazine. “I’m good with diapers and diarrhea and all that kind of stuff because I have lots of nieces and nephews, so I’ve done it all before.”

Reynolds revealed what he’s most looking forward to about the new addition. “I’m just excited about having a buddy,” he said, adding, “We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet, but whatever it is, you have this tether to reality that never goes away.”

The actor also said he’s not concerned about messing up as a first-time father.

“For a lot of new dads, you tend to dwell on the mistakes you don’t want to make,” he said. “I’m at that stage still where I’m focused primarily on being open and understanding and leaving a lot of room for error.”

There’s no word on when Lively and Reynolds, who wed in 2012, are expecting their bundle of joy.

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