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Tom Hanks reveals he could still star in movies after his death

The 66-year-old actor explained how AI has changed the length of his future career.

The 66-year-old actor explained how AI has changed the length of his future career.
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Tom Hanks is open to being a part of films even after he dies, thanks to the power of artificial intelligence.

In a recent interview on The Adam Buxton Podcast, the ‘Forrest Gump’ actor explained his stance on AI in the film industry.

Using the example of his hit movie “The Polar Express” Hanks said that this has “always been lingering.”

“The first time we did a movie that had a huge amount of our own data locked in a computer — literally what we looked like — was a movie called ‘The Polar Express’.” Hanks said.

We saw this coming. We saw that there was going to be this ability in order to take zeros and ones inside a computer and turn it into a face and a character. Now, that has only grown a billionfold since then and we see it everywhere.”

Anybody can now recreate themselves at any age they are, by way of AI or deep fake technology… I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but my performances can go on and on and on,”

Hanks plans to change his contract to save his property

Despite being open to AI having a dominant place in the entertainment industry, Hanks believes that this shift will also require actors and their management to fix their “legal ramifications.”

“I can tell you that there [are] discussions going on in all of the guilds, all of the agencies, and all of the legal firms in order to come up with the legal ramifications of my face and my voice — and everybody else’s — being our intellectual property,” Hanks said.

“What is a bona fide possibility right now, if I wanted to, [is] I could get together and pitch a series of seven movies that would star me in them in which I would be 32 years old from now until kingdom come,”

Hanks steps into an AI role for his upcoming project

Set to star alongside Robin Wright, Hanks will be experimenting with AI for director Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming film “Here”.

The film is an adaptation of Richard McGuire’s comic and is set to take place in one room over a number of years. According to the official synopsis, the story follows the “love, loss, struggle, hope and legacy play out between couples and families over generations.”

The creative team on the project is planning to use new technology such as AI to de-age the actors.

Not much is known about the film as of now, but it is set to come out in 2024.


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