Tom Hanks has suggested he could appear in new films long after his death as artificial intelligence (AI) continues to advance.
The double Oscar winning actor said Hollywood stars and their lawyers are now scrambling to try to deal with the rise of the technology where performers could be digitally recreated “until kingdom come”.
Mr Hanks says actors and their representatives are trying to figure out the legal ramifications of digitally recreating actors and that under current laws he could star in films forever.
Speaking to the Adam Buxton podcast, Mr Hanks suggested his film career could continue indefinitely despite the prospect of being “hit by a bus” at any moment.
‘Performances can go on and on’
“I can tell you that there is discussions going on in all of the guilds, all of the agencies, and all of the legal firms in order to come up with the legal ramifications of my face and my voice and everybody else’s being our intellectual property,” he said.
“What is a bonafide possibility right now is – if I wanted to – I could get together and pitch a series of seven movies that would star me in them in which I would be 32 years old from now until kingdom come.
“Anybody can now recreate themselves at any age by way of AI or deep fake technology.
“I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it – but performances can go on and on and on.
“Outside of the understanding that it’s being done by AI or deep fake, there’ll be nothing to tell you that it’s not me and me alone and it’s going to have some degree of lifelike quality.”
Mr Hanks added he predicted the rise of AI technology when making the 2004 Christmas film The Polar Express.