Holy FUCK how did this happen. I cannot believe how much better the physical costume looks. I always thought the big bad orc looked kinda bad, now it's even more tragic. Like fuck, the upper one actually looks grim and menacing and different from what the LOTR movies did. The CG one just looks dumb.The biggest tragedy (for me) was that the original The Mountain actor (Conan Stevens) from Game of Thrones actually left GoT to play an Orc...and then his entire role was cut when they extended it from two the three movies to make more money. Instead of filming reshoots, they decided to replace him with a CGI character. So we lost the best (and most scary) Mountain from GoT, and also an amazing costume for The Hobbit.
Here is what he was supposed to be in The Hobbit (costume):
Here is what the character ended up being (CGI):
It's very sad how bad it looks in comparison to the physical costume.