Some of y’all seem to have a problem with CGI Tarkin in the new Star Wars movie Rogue One but let’s get some things straight:
The man has been dead for at least 22 years, so there’s no way to bring him on screen, right? “Why not recast him? They did the same with Mon Mothma.”
They sure did and they sure did recast Tarkin before in Episode III, but nobody talks about this abomination for good reason.
The good news was it was only a cameo from a distance in the film.
It’s unfortunate though because Wayne Pygram is actually a really good actor. I just wish they did a better make-up job.
So that was an example of recast.
People argue that the CGI looks fake and looks better in movies like James Cameron’s Avatar but here’s the thing: it only looks good because the entire world was CGI and contact with actual reality was kept to a minimum. The scene where Sigourney Weaver’s human character is carried by the Navi through the forest actually looks pretty fake.
The entire time, “Tarkin” had to be in contact with real cast members beside him so of course there’s an uncanny valley effect. Have you looked at the job they did though?
Original for comparison:
Certainly better than what happened in Episode III. Besides, the uncanny valley would probably work in his favor since he IS a villain. They’re supposed to be unsettling.
Guy Henry and the people at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) worked hard and did a damn good job AND they brought Peter Cushing back from the dead. Appreciate the skill, enjoy the damn popcorn, and enjoy the damn movie because Rogue One is a damn good movie.
The riding boots given to actor Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) to wear with his costume was apparently so ill-fitting that he was given permission from director George Lucas to wear his own carpet slippers instead; He was thus never filmed below the knees. Actress Carrie Fisher has reportedly said that she found her interrogation scene with Peter Cushing so difficult not only because he was such a nice man in real life, but also because she “found it difficult to be intimidated by a man wearing carpet slippers”.