Following Jeff Garlin‘s exit from The Goldbergs after a series of on-set misconduct allegations came to light, the producers addressed fan concerns by revealing that Garlin’s absence would be handled through creative use of his stand-in, previously unused footage, and a little bit of CGI wizardry. However, the production wanted to make it clear at the time that it would not use deep fake technology, but it does admit that it has dabbled with face-swapping in the past. Via Variety:
While there could be a number of options for the creative team to address the situation, Variety has learned that the plan for now is that Garlin will indeed appear in the rest of the season — by using off-camera dialogue pulled from earlier episodes and unused takes, as well as previously shot images of Garlin. There won’t be deep fake images, nor any face replacement: But Garlin will continue to appear in some form for now, which means the actor will continue to be paid, even though he technically won’t be working.
Now, that report was from December. Whether the production held firm on not using fake replacement is up for debate, because here’s a look at the final product posted by journalist Noel Murray, and it’s pretty bad.
They should either cancel The Goldbergs or kill off Jeff Garlin’s character because the workarounds they’ve been using this season ain’t working. pic.twitter.com/EgG4so6rIA
— Noel Murray (@NoelMu) March 14, 2022
“They should either cancel The Goldbergs or kill off Jeff Garlin’s character because the workarounds they’ve been using this season ain’t working,” Murray tweeted along with a scene that shows Garlin on the opposite side of the room with no other characters around him, horrifyingly inserted into shots like a wax statue, or just cut off from the shoulders up to hide the use of a stand-in. It’s… not great.
As the clip went viral, naturally, people had some thoughts about this unholy monstrosity:
That end shot is 1000000000x worse than what they did to Henry Cavill to get rid of his mustache in Justice League. https://t.co/IzKBOCOdYN
— Staceball (@StaceGots) March 14, 2022
I don’t watch this show and assumed that the dad was a ghost or something similarly stupid https://t.co/8k67orJVUL
— Mike Gianella (@MikeGianella) March 14, 2022
The one scene of Livia Soprano stretched out for multiple episodes!
— Edwin Davies (@EdwinJDavies) March 14, 2022
Everyone's (rightfully) talking about the creepy Jeff Garlin face in the last shot, but I'm here for The Room-esque delivery of "My little peanut." https://t.co/UaQYh3KkQW
— Matt Palmer (@mattpalmer1978) March 14, 2022
The face of my nightmares pic.twitter.com/oUO4ckvxBN
— Gianni Damaia (@gianni_damaia) March 14, 2022
this is like the dream sequence a character has as they're bleeding out https://t.co/L8DAHSJTYm
— andrew 🦇 (@andrew12la) March 14, 2022
The show is shot in the US where it's really hard to find a husky white male to stand-in.
— Now 20% More Meh (@vitajex) March 14, 2022
(Via Noel Murray on Twitter)