Judging by a series of videos circulating on TikTok, Tom Cruise worked on his golf swing and performed magic tricks.
Except he’s not the “Mission Impossible” star, it’s a fake of him that has fooled people because it looks so realistic.
The manners, the facial expressions, the famous sparkling smile – it all looks like the Hollywood icon. Scary and often compelling videos work by layering one person’s face on top of another.
“It’s not Tom Cruise. It’s a deep fake. It’s probably not good news for Cameo,” “Damian Burns, senior vice president of Twitch tweeted, referencing the app in which celebrities deliver personalized video messages for a fee.
Another of the deepfakes shows Cruise do a magic trick.
A third video in the series shows the fake Cruise telling a joke.
The incredibly realistic videos that posted on the TikTok @deeptomcruise account last week were created by Belgian visual effects specialist Chris Ume, according to Fortune. He also shared them on his LinkedIn page, but TikTok videos are no longer public on the account.
Ume also posted a YouTube video last year that shows the face of a Cruise impersonator merging with Cruise’s real face, illustrating how a deepfake can be created.
Deepfakes have become more prolific in recent years, with those of Jennifer Lawrence, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Zuckerberg and former President George W. Bush gaining attention.
NBC News correspondent Tom Costello demonstrated today in 2019 just how simple videos can be to make, bringing in a cybersecurity expert to produce a Costello deepfake speaking with another person’s face. replacing her face seamlessly with a free program found on the Internet. .
Concern over the use of deepfakes to spread foreign propaganda and disinformation around the 2020 election was acute enough in 2019 that Congress held a hearing.
“The potential for harm is huge,” Rep. Adam Schiff told Morgan Radford TODAY in 2019. “And what psychologists will tell you is if you see a video of someone saying something about obnoxious, racist or criminal or whatever, even if you ‘later believe it was not them, you can never completely lose the lingering negative impression of that person. “
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