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Tom Hanks talks about AI technology that could potentially allow him to continue appearing in new films even after his death.
“What’s a bona fide possibility right now, if I wanted to, (is) that I could get together and present a series of seven films that would star me in which I would have 32 years from now until the kingdom come,” Hanks said during an interview on The Adam Buxton Podcast.
Hanks added: “Anyone can now recreate themselves at any age through AI or deep forgery technology…I might get hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but my performance can go on and on and on. Again.”
“Apart from the understanding that this was done by AI or deep fake, there’s nothing that will tell you that it’s not me and me alone and that it will have some degree of realistic quality.”
Hanks, who worked again with Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis for the film Here, will most likely use AI technology to make the project age it. The actor wondered if audiences would care about the use of AI in movies.
With technology advancing, Hanks says Hollywood agents are already writing contracts to protect actors.
“I can tell you that there (are) discussions going on in every guild, every agency and every law firm to find the legal ramifications of my face and my voice and everyone else being our intellectual property,” he said.