Telex: That’s good for deepfake: Terminator, starring Sylvester Stallone

Deepfake technology has been a hot topic for quite a few years, with experts arguing that it will be able to produce fake videos that no one can distinguish from the original. Not to mention, it’s really a daunting prospect to put virtually anything in the mouths of celebrities, billionaires, or even country leaders – but luckily, fake videos made with artificial intelligence are still pretty lame, and they don’t pique the untrained eyes.

Except when such a video is already doing terribly well.

This has happened now, too, and fortunately not for the sake of some kind of back-to-back manipulation, but for the sake of mere entertainment. The youtuber team called Ctrl Shift Face has reworked a couple of scenes from the first part of the Terminator, the title character will be played by Sylvester Stallone instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton has been replaced by Willem Dafoe, and a dozen other celebrities will appear roles.

It’s worth taking a closer look at the channel, there are still some well-done or at least surprising deepfake videos, such as Dishonest Brigantyk with Putin and Zelensky, Matrix – Office Rats mashup, and the like.

The basic idea, by the way, isn’t new, it’s already starring in The Last Action Hero, where it’s a self-ironic joke: the protagonist, played by Schwarzenegger, faces Stallone playing the Terminator in the iconic action film: