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Steve De Young
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Posted: 06 July 2018 at 2:27pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

So, the first time I remember this being tried was Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in X-Men: the Last Stand, where it looked terrible.  But Marvel now seems to have this down to a pretty scary level, as exhibited with RDJ in Civil War, Michael Douglas in Ant-Man, and two characters in another recent MCU movie.  Now its been announced that in Captain Marvel, set 25 years in the past, Sam Jackson and Clark Gregg will be de-aged through the entire film in this way.

This technology opens up all kinds of amazing possibilities for actors, though it also serves as part of the potentially dangerous ability now to edit video.  It won't be long before seeing someone do or say something on video will no longer be able to serve as proof that they really said or did it.
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Posted: 06 July 2018 at 2:35pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

It won't be long before seeing someone do or say something on video will no longer be able to serve as proof that they really said or did it.

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We’ve reached that point. Look at what is being accomplished with “Deep Fakes”.

Saw ANT MAN AND THE WASP last night, which featured scenes with a de-aged Michelle Pfeiffer. Looked totally natural to my eyes. 
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Posted: 06 July 2018 at 2:40pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I thought the Laurence Fishburne de-aging in Ant Man 2 was especially interesting, since it didn't look very much like Fishburne did at the corresponding age, but I guess that's because the effect was achieved by casting his son, and not computers. 
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Posted: 06 July 2018 at 3:06pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

seeing Fishburne de-aged made me wish someone else was cast as Bill Foster.    All I could see was him in Boys In The Hood!  
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Posted: 06 July 2018 at 4:45pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

"Young" Kurt Russell in GoTG 2 was incredible.

Though I do see how this tech in the hands of the mischievous would cause chaos.
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Posted: 06 July 2018 at 8:42pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

The scene in Ant-Man with de-aged Douglas and aged Hayley Atwell still blows me away!
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Posted: 06 July 2018 at 10:13pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

A new kind of uncanny valley?
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I look forward to Lawrence Fishburne playing an MCU version of Goliath. (Just Goliath, not "Black Goliath," please.)

Seriously, it should happen. (No, I haven't seen ANT-MAN AND THE WASP yet.)
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Since Disney owns both Marvel and Star Wars I was quite surprised at how well the Marvel movies have done this the de-Aging, but failed poorly at  creating a young Princess Leia at the end of Rogue One. Perhaps because Carrie Fisher wasn't actually playing the part itself and they were relying totally on a computerized actress?
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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 6:27am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Silo effect. Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios are separate entities with the same corporate parent. So they would be using different effects companies or even different approaches in many cases.

I think the Marvel films have had stronger effects overall. But Star Wars is often more immersive so it's often easier to pick something out when it doesn't work.
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Posted: 10 July 2018 at 7:23am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Perhaps because Carrie Fisher wasn't actually playing the part itself and they were relying totally on a computerized actress?

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The ANT-MAN films used the same technique as was used with Leia in ROGUE ONE, pasting a younger version of an actor’s face on to a body double. 
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Perhaps because Carrie Fisher wasn't actually playing the part itself and they were relying totally on a computerized actress?

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The ANT-MAN films used the same technique as was used with Leia in ROGUE ONE, pasting a younger version of an actor’s face on to a body double. 

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Except the older actors in the ANT-MAN films are also shot speaking the lines with the little reference dots on their faces - I don't believe Fisher did anything for ROGUE ONE except grant permission. That obviously makes a huge difference.
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Posted: 11 July 2018 at 1:21am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

We've seen varying degrees of success with this art form, but the fact that Marvel is empowering VFX teams to push it forward at the rate of multiple movies a year--and now with multiple characters in a given film-- is just incredible. 
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Posted: 11 July 2018 at 6:48am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

My fingers are crossed that the de-aging of DeNiro and Pacino in the upcoming I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES* is going to look spectacular.

*Yes, they renamed it to the boring THE IRISHMAN, but the name of the book that it's based on sounds SO much better.
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You are so friggin' right about the title, Vinny!
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