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Katee Sackhoff Speaks on Being Replaced by Artificial Intelligence

Katee Sackhoff
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Katee Sackhoff, who is currently working as Bo-Katan in The Mandalorian, has spoken up about being replaced by AI. She says, “I mean if my family reaps the benefit of that? Yeah, of course.”

Right now, the world is quickly evolving to welcome artificial intelligence into the workplace. More and more, we are seeing human job positions being replaced by robots. Now, some of the most popular actors in the world are being asked to be replaced by AI versions.

Katee Sackhoff

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“Mandalorian” Star Discusses Artificial Intelligence

Katee Sackhoff has had a long successful career within the Star Wars universe. Her character, Bo-Katan Kryze has appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and now she is appearing in The Mandalorian. Sackhoff has made a name for herself as an incredible actor who can portray strength and warmth incredibly well.

For fans of the actress, she is irreplaceable. Unfortunately, Artificial intelligence has changed that. Now, even the most unique performers can be replicated with the help of AI technology. This conversation has become a reality for another actor in the Star Wars universe. James Earl Jones gave the Star Wars team permission to use AI to finish his performance as Darth Vader.

This news was shocking to some, but most fans appreciate his willingness to allow his character’s story to continue on after he retired. The decision of James Earl Jones has confronted other actors with the same conversation.

Darth vader

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Sachhoff Speaks Out on AI

In an interview with ComicBook.com, Katee Sackhoff made her thoughts on being replaced by AI clear. Sackhoff agrees with James Earl Jones’ logic, and she too is fine being replaced by AI once she can no longer portray the part herself.

She says,

“I mean, if my family reaps the benefit of that? Yeah, of course,” Sackhoff said. “I think we’re into a really, really tricky place with AI. It’s scary to me in some regard and others, you know, for a fandom to continue to have new content after someone is gone is pretty amazing. But I do believe that  the original artist should always be financially,, paid for their work and to sit there and say that they’re not working anymore is, that’s fine but you don’t see people out there copying Picassos and being like, you know, it’s fine. Someone’s getting paid for that. There’s a trust somewhere.”

The discussion of AI is incredibly complicated and there is definitely no simple answer.

She continues, saying,

“It’s a really slippery slope. I’ve done everything in my power to position myself in a place in my career. and I’ve turned a lot of things down because I wanted to make sure that I had control of the way that I was viewed  and the way that I was perceived and the image that I portrayed and the morals that I pulled with me throughout my career. If somebody is just out there copying you and your voice and they can have you do whatever they want, that’s not ok. It’s not ok. So, I don’t know. I think it’s a scary thing. I think it’s a scary thing but at the same time I can’t imagine that a deal like that would be struck without some really, really, really strict legal work done.”

Mandalorian meet and greet

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“The Mandalorian” Continues

One thing is clear: AI should not be implemented without the actor’s full permission. Actors like Katee Sackhoff help breathe life into characters, and we hope to see her continue to portray this character as long as possible.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.