“Jim Carrey impersonates Jack Nicholson in this clip from The Shining. .. Not really, it’s a deepfake,” reads the caption under this mind-blowing YouTube video.
While everyone is kvetching over the magic and unsettling effects of FaceApp; transforming their mugs into disturbing future decrepit versions of themselves, Ctrl Shift Face is doing real work by (questionably) meddling into movie classics like Kubrick’s The Shining.
I sound parenthetically cynical to appease the purists, but honestly, the technology is so cool and so realistic it could forever change my trust in filmmakers and who they say is starring in their movies.
The below clip–one in a series of four so far– from the iconic film The Shining means at least one thing: Jim Carrey as Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance would have nailed it.
It should be noted the technology only replaces the body and expressions. It borrows from the original actor’s craft and interpretation of the scene which I guess lends itself to the name.
Known as “deepfake,” the technique, from what I gather, uses artificial intelligence to process human images and their characteristics and seamlessly overlays them over other human images and their characteristics. That’s the simple explanation, as basic as I understand it.
But let’s not get lost in the details, let’s instead revel in the outcome as Mr. Carrey is deepfaked and deepbaked into the role of (Nicholson’s) Jack Torrance, the possessed family man tasked with watching over the haunted Overlook Hotel.
Everyone knows the scene. His wife Wendy, suspicious of Jack’s recent instability discovers that the novel he’s supposed to be writing contains nothing more than the repetitive phrase “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
Jack, now completely under the spell of the hotel is determined to kill his meek wife, she defends herself by swinging at him wildly with a baseball bat while ascending a staircase back-first.
Episode two is below: