Monday, January 2, 2017

The Future for Hollywood Actors (1/4)

Though it has been done before, the recent Star Wars movie, Rogue One, has really brought something to people's attention in a very big way—actors and actresses can appear in films without actually being there, through the magic of computer generated images (CGI) and other special effects. Rogue One SPOILER: The actor that played Governor Tarkin, Peter Cushing, died 23 years ago in 1994, starring in the first (episode 4) Star Wars film back in 1977, yet he had a number of scenes in Rogue One. Carrie Fisher had a brief appearance in Rogue One, appearing as her 21 year-old self from the 1977 film. In the recent Fast and Furious 7 film, actor Paul Walker died halfway through shooting the film, so he was replaced by CGI and body doubles. The 2015 release of Terminator: Genisys featured a young CGI Arnold Schwarzenegger from the original 1984 Terminator film. All of this brings up a lot of questions for actors and actresses in an age where technology can reproduce them convincingly onscreen, and the implications are starting to send shock waves through the acting community in Hollywood...

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