How are dead actors paid?
May 14, 2020 8:14 PM   Subscribe

When a dead actor is recreated by CGI, is the actor’s estate paid? Think Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing.
posted by Joleta to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Yes.
posted by zamboni at 8:32 PM on May 14, 2020

Best answer: This article offers an overview of legal issues: No industry is weirder than the dead celebrity hologram industry (Vox, Oct. 23, 2018, "The big question is how to obtain all the materials you need to make a dead celebrity hologram. The legal issues around that rights and archives gathering are still pretty murky"), and this one is more specific: “Delebs” and Postmortem Right of Publicity (ABA, Jan/Feb 2016)
posted by katra at 9:04 PM on May 14, 2020 [2 favorites]

Fascinating. Neither article addresses the dead performer's manager and the manager's fees. Does his manager still get 10% (or whatever is the take) if something the performer did when they were alive and managed is used?
posted by AugustWest at 11:47 PM on May 14, 2020 [2 favorites]

Also see the term "Fake Shemp", which is the term for an actor being substituted for another in a deceptive way. It's been done to replace dead (Bela Lugosi), injured (Harrison Ford) and unwilling actors (Crispin Glover), and the Screen Actor's Guild has rules about it now.
posted by w0mbat at 4:25 PM on May 15, 2020 [1 favorite]

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