In a recent interview, renowned actor Nicolas Cage shared his thoughts on the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the film industry and clarified the details surrounding his brief appearance in Warner Bros.’ “The Flash.”
- Nicolas Cage criticizes the use of AI in movies, labeling it as “inhumane.”
- Cage’s cameo in “The Flash” differed from what he actually filmed.
- The actor spent only three hours on set for his role in “The Flash.”
- Cage is currently promoting his new film, “Dream Scenario.”
AI in Movies: Cage’s Perspective
Nicolas Cage, known for his versatile roles in Hollywood, expressed his reservations about the growing trend of AI in movies. In his conversation with Yahoo! Entertainment, Cage described AI as a “nightmare,” emphasizing its inhuman nature. He expressed concerns about the potential misuse of his art through AI, stating, “You can’t get more inhumane than artificial intelligence.”
The Flash Cameo: What Really Happened?
Cage’s brief cameo in “The Flash” has been a topic of discussion among fans and critics alike. The film showcased a younger version of Cage as Superman, inspired by the canceled Tim Burton project “Superman Lives” from 1998. In the movie, Cage’s Superman is seen battling a creature with red lasers emanating from its eyes. However, Cage revealed that what was portrayed in the film was not what he had shot. He clarified, “When I went to the picture, it was me fighting a giant spider. That was not what I did.”
Contrary to popular belief that Cage’s entire performance was computer-generated, the actor confirmed that he was physically present on set. He described the scene he filmed as Superman witnessing the end of a universe, emphasizing the emotional depth he tried to convey through his eyes, given the absence of dialogue.
Cage’s Current Endeavors
Beyond his cameo in “The Flash,” Cage is busy promoting his upcoming film, “Dream Scenario.” The movie revolves around a man whose life is turned upside down when millions begin to see him in their dreams. Early reviews for “Dream Scenario” have been positive, with a notable 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Hollywood Reporter praised Cage’s performance, highlighting his comedic brilliance in the film. “Dream Scenario” is set to release on November 10.
The Broader Debate on AI
The debate over AI’s role in the entertainment industry is not new. Previously, Tim Burton expressed his discomfort with AI, especially when it tried to mimic his iconic animation style. Burton likened the experience to having one’s soul taken away, emphasizing the disturbing nature of AI’s capabilities.
As the film industry continues to evolve, the integration of AI remains a contentious issue. While some see it as a tool for innovation, others, like Cage and Burton, view it with skepticism. As technology advances, the industry will need to strike a balance between leveraging AI’s capabilities and preserving the human touch that makes cinema so compelling.
Source: Project Casting