Actors next to lose their jobs to artificial intelligence?

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Auto workers have seen their jobs taken over by robots.

Some fast-food restaurants have done away with order-takers at the counter, replacing them with touch screens.

Truck drivers will soon be replaced by self-driving semis, as scary as that sounds.

Actors, it seems, may be the next target of artificial intelligence as technology advances.

Peter Cushing was digitally resurrected for the 2016 Star Wars film “Rogue One,” as was a 19-year-old Carrie Fisher, who actually died later that year at the age of 60.

They were merely reprising roles they already played, but a new film, featuring a new digital performance by Hollywood icon James Dean, is receiving widespread criticism.

Voiced by another actor, the digital Dean will appear in the independent film “Finding Jack,” about the U.S. military’s abandonment of canine units following the Vietnam War.

Dean’s scenes will be created using old footage and photos.

“Maybe we can get a computer to paint us a new Picasso. Or write a couple new John Lennon tunes,” said Chris Evans, the “Captain America” actor tweeted. “The complete lack of understanding here is shameful.”

Dean’s family has given its blessing to the project, selling rights to Dean’s likeness through a company that also owns intellectual property rights to others like Neil Armstrong, Bette Davis and Burt Reynolds.

“James Dean was known as Hollywood’s ‘rebel’ and he famously said ‘if a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live after he’s died, then maybe he was a great man. Immortality is the only true success,” said Mark Roesler, chairman and chief executive of the company, CMG Worldwide.

Dean had only three leading roles before he died in a car crash in 1955 at the age of 24: “Rebel Without a Cause,” “East of Eden” and “Giant.”

Bringing a dead actor back to life is one thing, but how long until a studio creates a live-action hero who was never alive?

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