Nicolas Cage joins the increasingly large and shouting chorus that contests Artificial Intelligence.
Nicolas Kim Coppola, better known by the pseudonym Nicolas Cage, has shared his views on the use of AI in films. He explained in no uncertain terms what he thinks of this new technology, stating in a recent interview with Yahoo! Entertainment as follows. “Artificial Intelligence is a nightmare for me. It’s inhumane. You can’t be more inhumane than artificial intelligence.”
He also wanted to share his thoughts on the final cut of his appearance as Superman in the film The Flash from Warner Bros.
Although AI did not play a role in Cage’s surprising appearance as a superhero, according to the American star the last scene was different from what he shot for the 2023 superhero film.
In The FlashCage’s Man of Steel battles a giant spider as the multiverse begins to collapse, a scene believed to have been filmed for the film Superman Lives by Tim Burton, which the actor was supposed to play as the titular superhero (Superman Lives it was supposed to be the film directed by Tim Burton but was later canceled by Warner Bros.). However, Cage reveals that he has never shot anything like this on set.
“When I went to see the movie, I was fighting a giant spider,” the actor said. “I didn’t do all that. That’s not what I did. I don’t think it was created by AI. I know Tim Burton is upset about AI, as am I. It was CGI, so they could make me younger, and I was fighting against a spider. I didn’t do any of that, so I don’t know what happened,” Cage says in the interview with Yahoo! Entertainment.
Last September Tim Burton criticized the AI recreations of Disney characters
As Cage himself pointed out, director Tim Burton has always been very critical of the use of Artificial Intelligence, which is why the actor does not believe that the scene in which he saw himself fighting a spider was made with that new technology. We also remember that last September Burton criticized the AI recreations of Disney characters in his distinctive style, speaking about it in an interview with The Independent.
“I can’t describe the feeling it gives you. It reminded me of when other cultures say, ‘Don’t photograph me because you’re taking my soul away,’” explained the famous filmmaker of masterpieces such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, The Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and so on.
Tim Burton against AI: “It takes something from your soul or psyche, which is very disturbing”
“What Artificial Intelligence does is take something away from you,” said Tim Burton. “It takes something from your soul or psyche; it’s very disturbing, especially if it’s about yourself. It’s like a robot takes your humanity, your soul.”
Later, the director commented on Cage’s appearance as Superman in The Flash stating, “But there’s also another AI issue, and that’s why I think I’m tired of movie studios. They can take what you’ve done, Batman or whatever, and appropriate it culturally, or whatever you want to call it. They can do whatever they want. So, in the last years of my life, I am in silent rebellion against all of this.”