I enjoyed Rogue One and was very sad to hear about Carrie Fisher’s passing. If you laughed at the last Star Wars Bad Lip Reading video I posted, you may like this one as well:
Well, this being a site for True Strange stuff, I’ll say that I was only aware of one of the two characters in the latest Star Wars film being CGI humans.
It appears that Norwegian actress Ingvild Deila played Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in the film, at least judging be her IMDb credit and this Twitter hint she posted a few days before Rogue One’s release.
Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin meanwhile was based on motion capture of Holby City actor Guy Henry.
Both CGI replicas were breathtakingly executed but raise a few ethical questions.
I thought to myself that Peter Cushing really pulled off being his much younger self. I didn’t know he died years ago!
‘Peter Cushing, who died in 1994, popped up in the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One … it was a morbid thrill to see how they’d pulled it off.’ … But there’s a deeper unease too, as testified by the fact that Cushing’s comeback was so well done.
Do you see the issue here? If, with technology, any human can be placed into a video scene where they were not, all video evidence is now suspect. Think back over major world events and carefully reconsider everything you think you’ve seen.
That’s what’s waiting in the bushes, CGI creatures that look real enough to fool you. Well, me. You won’t be fooled now that you’ve read this.