Angus MacInnes says CGI technology isn’t good enough yet to create a full character as Disney considers their options following the shock death of Carrie Fisher.
Film producers are currently desperately trying to find a solution to include Carrie, who played Princess Leia, in the next installments of the science fiction franchise as she was expected to have a big role in the upcoming movies – an emotional reunion with her brother Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and a confrontation with son Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
It is not something the filmmakers haven’t done before. In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Carrie was digitally made younger whilst Governor Tarkin – who was originally played by Peter Cushing – was completely created in CGI in the 2016 movie.
Angus – who played Jon “Dutch” Vander in the Star Wars franchise – believes CGI isn’t able to recreate the “little nuances” the person gives to the character.
He said: “Peter Cushing – which was a complete CGI re-rendition, which I thought was kinda eerie … it was really bizarre. I mean Peter’s been dead for over 20 years. He just looked a bit odd. Because CGI isn’t 100%. There’s those little nuances that you look at and think, ‘That’s not quite the guy.'”
And the 69-year-old actor admits it was “a little disorientating” seeing himself play a role in 2016 that he did 40 years ago but insists there is no reason why a character couldn’t be digitally created after the actor passed.
Speaking to documentary maker Jamie Stangroom, he added: “Movies are about fooling people into believing there’s a reality going on, and it’s all about how well you do that. It’s irrelevant if you are actually there. I’m in Rogue One, but I did that 40 years ago, but it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the fact people are watching and going, ‘Yeah that’s cool.'”