1. Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) | Chocolate Ad. 2013
The Dove chocolate commercial became one of the major events in the world of advertising in 2013. The work on this advertisement had begun with the search of two models who could look like Audrey Hepburn. In result, the producers found two ladies. One looked like Audrey, while the other one possessed her facial expressions. You can watch the transformation here.
2. Bruce Lee (1940-1973) | ‘The Game of Death’ 1978
The shooting of this film started shortly before the death of Bruce Lee. Opinions of people differed, but the creators decided that the footage is enough for the release of this picture. It took five years to complete the post-production and some shooting of the film, and it finally came out in 1978.
3. Brandon Lee (1965-1993) | ‘The Crow’ 1994.
The 28-year-old actor, Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee) died on the set of The Crow in an unfateful accident. In a scene where the main character gets wounded, Brandon was wounded in the stomach. He died in the hospital on the same day. All the remaining scenes were then filmed with another actor. In 1993, when ‘The Crow’ released, it saw a huge box-office collection.
4. Heath Ledger (1978-2008) | ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ 2009.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is the actor’s last and unfinished film, before which he died. Filmmakers were left with only two choices, either to halt the shoot and close the film or to reshoot the movie entirely. But not anyone of them was used; rather the production got the idea that once his character travels through time travel, he can be anyone. It resulted making Imaginarium a multi-starrer film.
5. Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) | ‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’ 2004
The director of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Kerry Conran decided to pay tribute to this actor. In the film, the villain is spotted talking to the dead head; it was no one else but Laurence Olivier. The scene was created using motion capture technology and his archives.
6. Three Iconic actresses in Dior 2011.
Since the mid of the 2000s, Charlize Theron has been the face of Dior fragrances. However, in 2011, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Marlene Dietrich “joined” her in this video.
7. Marlon Brando (1924 -2004) | ‘Superman Returns’ 2006.
Marlon Brando, known for his classic role of Don Corleone in The Godfather died in 2004. However, the actor’s last film released in the year 2006 as Superman Returns. It was important for the director to show Brando as Superman’s father because he had played the same role in Superman 1978. The computer graphics were used to create the footage.
8. Oliver Reed (1938-1999) | ‘Gladiator’ 2000.
The actor died three weeks before the end of shooting. Oliver was playing the iconic character of Proximo in the film. The director could’ve shot all the scenes with another actor, but he didn’t. With the help of dupes, stunt double and statue, Oliver was resurrected.
9. Paul Walker (1973-2013) | ‘Furious 7’ 2015.
Paul Walker died in a tragic car accident, and his primary schedule for the famous film ‘Furious 7’ was about to begin. The creator postponed the release date of the movie, and using the same archives and motion graphic technique; they created actor’s face.
Paul Walker’s death triggered the emotions in the fan, and when ‘Furious 7’ released, it became one of the highest grossing box office films in the history of cinema.
10. Peter Cushing (1913-1994) | ‘Star Wars Rogue One’ 2016.
Peter Cushing has been spotted in the both, Star Wars 1977 and 2016 films, but the matter of fact is; the actor had died long ago in 1994. The VFX supervisor of the movie, John Knoll and producer of the 2016 film along with the director decided that they’d create a digital double (see the film, and you’ll understand). Tarkin doesn’t look like he is digital at all.
11. Peter Sellers (1925-1980) | ‘Trail of Pink Panther’ 1972.
British actor Peter Sellers, who was famously known for portraying Inspector Clouseau in Pink Panther had died even before the filming begun. The movie creators took a chance and released the film using his archives. His wife had filed the case against filmmakers and received $1 Million for damages caused.