Many actors are idolized during their life; some remain in the memory of their fans forever. And only the chosen ones can appear on-screen even after their death. Sometimes it’s because of the need to finish a movie, and sometimes the creators’ goals are commercial.
The Buzz Life chose 11 amazing stories of famous actors’ “resurrections” in movies and commercials.
1. Bruce Lee, 1940-1973
- The shooting of Game of Death began shortly before Bruce Lee’s death. Opinions differed, but the creators decided that the footage was enough for the release of the picture. It came out 5 years after the actor’s death.
- In the missing scenes, the movie creators used Lee’s stunt doubles in makeup, as well as technical tricks possible at that time. In one of the scenes, we can see Bruce Lee’s face cut out from cardboard on his stunt double.
2. Peter Sellers, 1925-1980
- An even more egregious case occurred several years later. British actor Peter Sellers, famous as Inspector Clouseau in the series of movies about the Pink Panther, died before filming began. Yet the movie creators decided to take a chance and release a new film.
- The authors edited a role from parts of the previous picture of the series and raw frames. As it wasn’t enough, they used even earlier fragments. Considering it was the early ’80s, and the series started in 1963, in the Trail of the Pink Panther, Clouseau ages, then gets younger, and the backgrounds are constantly changing. Sellers’s widow filed a lawsuit against the producers and received $1 million for damages caused to her and the memory of her deceased husband
3. Brandon Lee, 1965-1993
- 28-year-old actor Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee) died on the set of The Crow because of a tragic accident. During the filming of a scene where the main character was shot, Brandon was wounded in the stomach. It happened due to improperly prepared props. Lee died in the hospital that day.
- The frames that captured the shot were seized by the police and destroyed, and the scene was filmed with another actor. In 1993, there were already accurate technologies to combine faces from filming archives with stunt doubles’ bodies, and makeup facilitated the work of the movie team. As a result, The Crow had huge box office success, and Brandon Lee became an iconic figure