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    Okay. This may seem like a sci-fi scenario in 2019. But given how much we’re advancing technologically, odds are somebody will attempt to make a film like this in the future.

    Consider the following scenario:

    1) A filmmaker wants to make a movie that features a fictional character who is a mix between Emily Blunt and Sarah Paulson.

    2) That filmmaker hires both actresses to play the part.

    3) Blunt films her scenes as normal.

    4) During post-production, Paulson arrives on-set. She has CGI dots placed on her face and acts out Blunt’s lines as if she (Paulson) were playing the part.

    5) Through advanced CGI, Blunt and Paulson’s faces are merged, as are their voices. The end product is a character whose face looks exactly like a merger between Blunt and Paulson’s faces, and a voice that sounds exactly like a merger between Blunt and Paulson’s voices. The editing is so good, that you would swear that this character is played by a third actress who is separate from both Blunt and Paulson.

    6) One face, one voice. Two actresses, both whom share the exact same lines, inter-dubbed over each other, to the point where you can’t tell which actress that voice belongs to.

    Note that voice merging has already been accomplished to a certain degree (it was done for much of Rami Malek’s singing in Bohemian Rhapsody). But in this theoretical film, these effects are taken to an unprecedented level.

    Now, let’s say that the resulting performance is so good, the Academy wants to nominate the performer for an Oscar. But who would/should be nominated? Blunt? Paulson? Both? The third (non-existing) actress that was created by their merger (let’s call her “Sarah Blunt” or “Emily Paulson”)?

    Thoughts?

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    Nikhil
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    *hits blunt*

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    Derp Boy
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    Are you on drugs?

    "We will always have Paris"

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    BICTH
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    I’ll have what you’re having

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    vinny
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    Maury

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    ospencer
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    What the actual fuck?

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    LaChienne
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    DuBoisBlanche
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    Or you could just find someone similar to Sarah and Emily lol

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    EmmyWinner
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    I just liked every single reply to the original post, ‘cause it is too insane.

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    DaKardii
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    I’m not high. I’ve never done drugs in my life. I’m dead serious about this.

    Need I remind you that we live in an era where this…

    …exists?

    Look at this! In 2019, you can make a convincing “deep fake” of Nicolas Cage as Lois Lane with the budget of a ham sandwich. Imagine what a professional could do.

    Mark my words. One day, some filmmaker is gonna try something like what I described in the original post. When that happens, the term “experimental film” is going to have a whole new meaning.

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    RobertPius
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    I guess it has happened before in a more practical way. Watch Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan.

    The face is Andie MacDowell’s but the voice is Glenn Close’s.

    and of course Linda Blair was thought to have lost the Oscar for The Exorcist because it was revealed that Mercedes McCambridge did some of the vocals and another woman did some of the stunt/sexual scenes.

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    DaKardii
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    I guess it has happened before in a more practical way. Watch Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan. The face is Andie MacDowell’s but the voice is Glenn Close’s. and of course Linda Blair was thought to have lost the Oscar for The Exorcist because it was revealed that Mercedes McCambridge did some of the vocals and another woman did some of the stunt/sexual scenes.

    Yes, it has happened in that way before. But those are cases where one actor does all the facial performance and the other does all the vocals. I’m talking about two actors sharing 100% of the facial performance and 100% of all the vocals, something which has never been done before and cannot be done without advanced technology that is today in its infancy.

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    Brayden Fitzsimmons
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    Gonna take a break from reading this to work on my 10,000 word dissertation

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    kellis
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    When I saw that, I was like is that Nicholas Cage dressed up as Amy Adams? And then you said it was a deep fake lol.

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