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Will Smith’s ‘Gemini Man’ is breaking all animation rules — and it could be the future of Hollywood

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Will Smith's 'Gemini Man' is breaking all animation rules — and it could be the future of Hollywood

What makes this film stand out is that Smith — who just turned 51 himself — is not made to look 23 through the use of heavy make-up or conventional Hollywood anti-aging technology. Instead, Smith’s younger version of himself has been fully computer animated. […]

“Gemini Man,” an upcoming film starring Will Smith, is an example of how far digital filmmaking can go.

The movie, directed by “Life of Pi” visionary Ang Lee, uses advanced technology to create a fully computer-animated, 23-year-old version of Smith that appears alongside his real self.

To create Smith’s virtual character, the animation team looked at his traits in previous roles, including in the “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Independence Day”.

While the new technology is groundbreaking for cinema, it can have more negative implications in real life — the rise of so-called “Deepfakes” of celebrities and politicians has become a real concern. […]

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