Date: 9th July 2001
TOM HANKS is worried he and his Hollywood colleagues are going to be replaced - by computer-generated actors.
The OSCAR-winning star is concerned new technology could be used by film studious to replace humans with more compliant and cheaper electronic characters. Speaking as Hollywood prepares for the release of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) which stars AKI ROSS, a computer-generated actress, Hanks says, "I am very troubled by it. But it's coming down, man. It's going to happen. And I'm not sure what actors can do about it. "
Aki Ross, a pretty brunette with sparkling eyes, is being hailed by Hollywood bosses as the first truly convincing digital actor.
But Hanks' concerns have been rejected by STAR WARS director GEORGE LUCAS. He says, "I believe that I have used more digital characters than anyone else 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. "
And STEVEN SPIELBERG, whose current film a.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001) stars JUDE LAW and HALEY JOEL OSMENT as robots, agrees, "It's a non-issue. " (KW/WNWCAN)