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Tom Hanks Doesn't Like Digital Actors

Actor gives his candid opinion on Hollywood's seeming desire to create CG life on the big screen.

By Frank Kurtz     July 09, 2001
Source: New York Times

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Odds are that when the FINAL FANTASY movie opens, Tom Hanks won't be going to see it.

While talking to the New York Times, the actor gave his candid opinion on creating actors on computers, saying, "I am very troubled by it."

He adds, "But it's coming down, man. It's going to happen. And I'm not sure what actors can do about it."

To be fair to Hanks, his primary concern has more to do with potential CG tampering of performances done by live actors on their way to a finished film rather than CG creations actually being a threat to real, live actors.

Meanwhile, George Lucas, who created a menagerie of alien beings for his STAR WARS films, weighed in on the CG actor issue, saying, "I believe that I have used more digital characters than anyone. But I don't think I would ever use the computer to create a human character. It just doesn't work. You need actors to do that."

Finally, when asked about CG actors, Steven Spielbereg simply said, "It's a nonissue."


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