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Robert de Niro says rise of CGI means career could be ‘extended another 30 years’

Other actors have already wised up to the potential for their posthumous screen debuts with actor and comedian Robin Williams signing a deed to prevent his image being used for at least 25 years after his death. 

In 2013, a digital recreation of Audrey Hepburn was used for a Galaxy chocolate. Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash in 2013 while halfway through filming Furious 7, finished his final scenes with the help of CGI and his two brothers as stand-ins. 

But not all estates are as enamoured by the idea, with Bruce Lee’s estate seeking legal action in 2015 to stop a CG version of actor from appearing in Ip Man 3, 42 years after his death. 

Martin Scorsese, who directed the film, said: “If we made the film earlier they could have played younger but at a certain point we missed that and then they said ‘Use younger actors’ and I said ‘What’s the point of that?’

“CGI is really an evolution of make-up, you accept certain norms in make-up, you know he’s not that old, she’s not that young, you accept the illusion.” 

Speaking at the press conference Al Pacino, who plays union boss Jimmy Hoffa, said: “In the old days they took an actor, that we all knew and loved, and put grey hair on him and say ‘oh, he got older’ but you’d accept it because it was makeup.” 

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