Nicolas Cage on AI: It’s a Nightmare to Me

Nicolas Cage on AI: It’s a Nightmare to Me

Published: November 02, 2023

In a recent interview, Nicolas Cage shared insights into his cameo as Superman in "The Flash," revealing stark differences between his on-set experience and the final portrayal. 

Originally cast as the Man of Steel for a Tim Burton-directed Superman project, Cage's role was eventually scrapped.

However, "The Flash" delves into the multiverse, allowing Cage to don the iconic red cape and blue suit. Despite this, what he filmed stood apart from the final product. 

"When I went to the shoot, I was fighting a giant spider, which was not what I signed up for," Cage stated during an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment.

He dismissed attributing this alteration to AI and expressed his reservations about AI in general, concurring with Tim Burton's concerns.

The transformation was due to CGI, aimed at de-aging him, and he found himself battling a spider. The entire experience left him puzzled. 

Cage empathized with Burton's AI-related worries, condemning AI as inhumane and unsuitable for art. "AI is a nightmare to me; it's profoundly inhumane," he said.

He clarified that he wasn't attributing these issues to AI in "The Flash" but suggested that unforeseen changes occurred beyond his control.

Cage's role entailed solemnly portraying a scene for approximately an hour, cloaked in the Superman costume, communicating feelings of loss and sadness without uttering a word. He praised director Andrés Muschietti for the meticulous suit construction. 

Cage's unexpected appearance in "The Flash" generated excitement among fans.

His revelations provide a unique perspective on the intricacies of filmmaking and the challenges that actors face.

As superhero film enthusiasts continue to explore the multiverse, it becomes apparent that even the Man of Steel encounters unexpected obstacles on his cinematic journey. 

How AI Transforms Actors: From De-Aging to Makeup

AI is revolutionizing the entertainment industry by transforming actor appearances in numerous ways.

One prominent application is realistic de-aging, as seen in films like "The Irishman," where AI effortlessly turns back the clock on iconic actors like Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, preserving their natural expressions while erasing the years.

However, AI isn't limited to visual effects - it also enhances performance.

Through motion capture, AI translates actors' movements into fantastical characters, as exemplified by Andy Serkis' iconic portrayals of Gollum and Caesar in "The Lord of the Rings" and "Planet of the Apes" series. 

Fine-tuning facial expressions is another AI feat.

In post-production, it subtly modifies expressions to better convey emotions, as demonstrated by Armie Hammer's dual role in "The Social Network," where AI made one actor appear as twins. 

As AI continues to advance, it offers filmmakers unparalleled versatility in changing actor appearances.

This tool enhances creative storytelling while respecting actors' craft, reshaping the future of the entertainment industry, and ensuring that every stunning transformation is driven by the power of AI.

Edited by Nikola Djuric

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