Actor Tom Hanks is certain that the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) will enable him to continue acting in new films after his death.
The current edition of “The Adam Buxton Podcast,” which was made available on Saturday, had Hanks saying, “What is a bona fide possibility right now, if I wanted to, [is] I could get together and pitch a series of seven films that would feature me in them and I would be 32 years old from now until kingdom come.”
With the use of artificial intelligence (AI) or deep fake technologies, anybody may now recreate oneself at any age. The Oscar-winning actor said, “I might be run over by a bus tomorrow, and that would be it. But my performances may go on forever.
There won’t be any indication that it was created by AI or a deep fake other than the fact that it is somewhat realistic and wasn’t created by just me and myself.
Then Buxton said that people would be able to distinguish between the AI Hanks and the genuine version.
Hanks, who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal as Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood,” admitted that an AI version of him would not be able to create the same performances as he does today, but he questioned if viewers would really care.
People will undoubtedly be able to know, but will they care? is the real issue, he said. Some individuals “won’t care, won’t draw that distinction,” says the speaker.
He said that because his face and motions were captured for the 2004 film “The Polar Express,” creating an AI Hanks would be simpler.
Hanks said, “This has been lingering forever.” The Polar Express was the first film we produced that had a significant quantity of our own material that was locked away in a computer.
“We foresaw this coming; we knew there would be this power to create characters and faces out of nothing more than zeros and ones within a computer. Now, we see it everywhere, and it has only multiplied a billion times since then.
Hanks said that advances in artificial intelligence are motivating screenplay writers to craft contracts that safeguard actors’ likenesses as intellectual property.
He stated, “I can tell you that there [are] talks going on in all the guilds, all the agencies, and all the law companies to come up with the legal repercussions of my face and my voice and everyone else’s being our intellectual property.
Hanks is now promoting his first book, “The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece.”
According to the book’s official summary, it is based on “a wildly ambitious story of the making of a colossal, star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film, and the humble comic book that inspired it all.”
Although the book has received some mixed early reviews, Hanks is handling the criticism with aplomb.
He discussed his motivation for taking on the project in an interview with the BBC. He said, “Sometimes you just have to have some other reason to spark your imagination,” and that his book would “live or die based on its own ability to entertain and enlighten an audience.”