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Actor Tom Hanks Will Keep Making Films After His Death

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Tom Hanks says he’ll be making Hollywood blockbusters long after he dies.

Most successful Hollywood actors intend to keep making movies until they die. But actor Tom Hanks–a two-time Academy Award winner and four-time Golden Globe winner–says that won’t stop him, and he will continue his acting career, even after he passes away.

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Artificial Intelligence

During an interview in an episode of The Adam Buxton Podcast, the Toy Story actor took a dive head-first into the bustling, exciting, terrifying, uncertain realm of artificial intelligence (AI), explaining that the concept is not really anything new.

“This has always been lingering,” Hanks said. “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.”

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“We saw this coming,” Hanks continued. “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.”

“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 explained.

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“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,” the actor explained to the podcast host.

“Anybody can now recreate themselves at any age they are, by way of AI or deep fake technology,” Hanks continued. “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow, and that’s it, but my performances can go on and on and on. Outside of the understanding that it’s been done by AI or deep fake, there’ll be nothing to tell you that it’s not me and me alone, and it’s going to have some degree of lifelike quality.”

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Tom Hanks will reunite with Robin Wright (Forrest Gump) for a new film with director Robert Zemeckis titled Here. The film, expected to debut in 2024, will be an adaptation of Richard McGuire’s comic set in a singular room over a number of years. In the film, both Hanks and Wright will be de-aged.

The production company for the film is partnering with AI company Metaphysic, which will be responsible for making Hanks and Wright appear much younger than they actually are, thanks to a new tool called Metaphysic Live, which doesn’t rely on VFX or other work to achieve the desired look for the film.

Tom Hanks AI

The only issue it seems like Tom Hanks will have with AI use is when it is being used incorrectly or without permission. For example, on October 1, 2023, Hanks took to social media to share:

Beware! There is a video out there promoting some dental plan with an AI version of me. I have nothing to do with it. – Tom Hanks. 

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The burst of AI use in 2023 brought confusion to many Disney fans with false Disney and Pixar film images for “upcoming features” that were completely fake, such as false movie promotions for “Slave” and  “Kodi.”

Do you think AI should be used to bring back actors from the past? Let us know in the comments! 

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!

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