On the situation with the replacement of the actor told Zack and Deborah Snyder in conversation with Vanity Fair, noting that it was “a fairly simple solution.”
The character, originally played by comedian and actor Chris D’Elia, was eventually given to actress Teague Notaro. In her image, she reminded viewers of Tom Cruise, and even Netflix joined the jokes on this topic.
Chris D’Eliu had to “cut” from scenes with his participation in order to then insert into them Notaro based on footage from the footage, and the creators spent at least several million dollars on this.
D’Eliya’s appearance was abandoned after several girls accused him of sexually harassing and seducing minors. He himself denied this, but his agency still refused the actor, and Netflix also canceled a stand-up comedy show with his participation.
According to Zach Snyder, it was impossible to get all the actors from Army of the Dead to re-shoot the scenes in which D’Elia appeared. Filming was supposed to take place in September 2020, when the work was complicated by the pandemic. On top of that, Notaro was worried about her health, given that she was battling cancer several years ago.
The filmmakers and Notaro quickly realized that she would have to work in the studio alone, and that she would get into the events of the film in post-production.
It was assumed that some scenes would be completely cut out due to technical features and glare from the lenses of glasses, but everything worked.
“That shot that we did where Tig and Dave are walking and talking in the loading dock, we were pretty sure that we were just gonna have to cut that scene,”Zach Snyder producer
Snyder says the situation could have turned out to be a disaster, but the director’s experience on films with a lot of visual effects helped to avoid this.