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Actor, Nicholas Cage : “AI is a nightmare to me"

Nicholas Cage recently spoke about his time on set filming his cameo on the DC movie directed by Andy Muschietti: The Flash (2023). The actor, afterwards, revealed that what he filmed ended up having nothing to do with what he saw when he watched the final film.

Cage says he spent "maybe three hours" on the set of The Flash, saying– he had no lines and had to act only with his eyes. The actor also added "you can imagine with that short amount of time that I had, what that would mean in terms of what I can convey." Obviously, that work is not what ended up in The Flash at all. Instead, as Cage puts it, "When I went to the picture, it was me fighting a giant spider. I did not do that. That was not what I did."

“It's out of my control," Cage explained, while noting that he agrees with director Tim Burton's anti-AI sentiments.

Alluding to Burton's recent interview to Variety about the way AI has been used in his own works, saying, "It takes something from your soul or psyche; that is very disturbing, especially if it has to do with you. It's like a robot taking your humanity, your soul." Cage responded to Burton statements saying: "I get where Tim's coming from. I know what he means," Cage says. "I would be very unhappy if people were taking my art ... and appropriating them." The actor called the use of AI in art "inhumane," stating plainly: "AI is a nightmare to me."

It's also troubling that as an actor, Cage can only tell us that he doesn't think his "The Flash" cameo utilized AI.

Indeed, artificial intelligence tools are being used regularly in Hollywood, even when they aren't immediately visible. Many are the actors who agreed with Cage and Burton’s statements and took actions against the abuse of CGI. As an example, Tom Hanks denounced that they recreated his image with AI to make a commercial, where he was never asked for permission, and also Scarlett Johansson has taken legal action against an AI app that used her name and likeness in an online advertisement without permission.

In fact, this news is particularly relevant today as Hollywood writers scored a major victory this week in the battle over artificial intelligence with a new contract featuring strong guardrails in how the technology can be used in film and television projects. With terms of AI use finally agreed, some writers are breathing easier – for now – and experts say the guidelines could offer a model for workers in Hollywood and other industries. The writers’ contract does not outlaw the use of AI tools in the writing process, but it sets up guardrails to make sure the new technology stays in the control of workers, rather than being used by their bosses to replace them.

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