Dave Bautista says he still hasn’t met his Army of the dead co-star, Tig Notaro, after the actress was digitally inserted in post-production on the film. Army of the dead It was released on Netflix on May 21, 2021, and has received mostly positive feedback from critics. The film is directed, produced and written by Zack Snyder, who has returned to the zombie genre 17 years after his first feature film. Dawn of the Dead.
Army of the dead is a heist movie set in Las Vegas, with a unique zombie twist. Chris D’Elia was originally scheduled to appear in the film in the role of the pilot. However, shortly after filming, allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against D’Elia, and her role was subsequently removed from the film. Thus, the comedian and actress Notaro was selected to take on the role and fill the voids left by D’Elia’s dismissal. Of course, the film could not be completely re-shot with Notaro, so it had to be meticulously edited on film using a green screen and computer generated scans.
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As reported by Indiewire, Bautista has not yet met Notaro since his appearance in Army of the dead was inserted digitally after filming. Bautista finds it strange that she starred in the same movie as Notaro but never had the opportunity to meet her. See his statement below:
“It was weird, because, you know, I wasn’t there. And when I look at it, I feel like I’m there. There’s a connection missing there. But I don’t feel like the movie is missing a beat. Someone who doesn’t know that’s the one. Anyway, he won’t get it at all. Tig fits perfectly and their chemistry fits perfectly. What really bothers me, when I watch this movie, it bothers me that I don’t know Tig. I feel like I should know her. I want to meet her, and I want to hold her and tell her what Amazing that it was in the movie. I’ve been able to do that with all of my other co-stars, and I haven’t been able to do that with Tig because I haven’t met her yet.
Snyder revealed that it cost Netflix millions to replace D’Elia with Notaro, but it was worth the effort. As Bautista points out, most viewers would not be able to detect that Notaro was inserted digitally. However, while it worked well for the actual movie, it must have been a rough journey off-screen. The only co-star Notaro physically appeared on screen with was de la Reguera, in a scene that took about half a day to film. Every two scenes, Notaro filmed alone in front of a green screen. It was not only difficult for her, but also for others, as Bautista acknowledges that there was a lost connection there. Despite the drawbacks of being digitally edited into film, Notaro managed to pull it off.
The insertion of Notaro in Army of the dead it’s really something else, and it also reveals quite a bit about Netflix and Snyder’s respectability for willingly accepting the cost of millions to prevent an alleged sexual abuser from appearing in the movie. Sadly, allegations of sexual assault are becoming all too common in Hollywood as celebrities choose to use their power and influence in corrupt ways. Army of the deadThe solution suggests that there are better ways that movies can handle such accusations within their cast and crew to avoid supporting known abusers. Hollywood needs to take the lead in diminishing scenarios where an abuser can hide his accusations under the rug and still receive praise, awards and compensation despite his actions. Hopefully more movies choose to follow suit from Army of the dead by dealing with sexual abuse and refusing to give abusers a platform.
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