How do you feel about HOLLYWOOD using dead actors and putting them in movies without consent?



With CGI technology, studios can now cast dead actors into their films. This isn't something new as actors who have passed have been used by companies in product placement ads/commercials.

Example


Audrey Hepburn was digital CGI to life so she could be used in a chocolate commercial even though she passed away more than 20 years ago.

How do you feel about HOLLYWOOD using dead actors and putting them in movies without consent?[Audrey in life]

How do you feel about actors being used by Hollywood and directors well after they have died?


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Most Helpful Girl

  • Omg! I didn't know about this commercial. It's good to see her, but it's kinda sad and creepy.

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Most Helpful Guy

  • you do have to consent to use the images of people. anyone who wants to use the image must get the ok from the executor of the person's estate (usually the family of the deceased).

    i'm generally ok with it if i feel like there is decent artistic merit and it doesn't seem like simple exploitation of the person's image and fame. but there are times when you see it and know that it's just the family exploiting deceased family member's image for an easy cash grab

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  • You say that it's without consent but do you actually know that they have not approached surviving family members to ask for consent? Okay, they can't get the consent of a dead person, obviously, but no credible studio would risk the negative publicity of using a dead person's image without at least checking with surviving family members first.

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    • A family member does not necessarily have the better interest of the dead person at heart. Hollwood gives them enough cash and they could sign off on something that the deceased person would not have done in life due to them being financial secure and/or just not liking the role.

    • Example - Rachel Weiss is alive but suppose she died hypothetically prior to Mummy 3 coming out and they had this technology. Now Rachel in real turned down the role because she didn't like the scrip. Suppose family member decided to give studio rights to CGI her into the mummy 3 after her death then she would be in a film she others wouldn't have been if she were alive.

    • They may not have the best interests of the person at heart but they may well have legal rights to the estate of the deceased person which includes image rights. The deceased person may well have signed passed on those rights in their last will and testament. Again, you can't know unless you know. To assume that the production studios are acting without any kind of consent or integrity is a big assumption to make.

  • I think it's pretty cool that they can do this, as long as the actors image is not being used in a negative way. Really, can you imagine Carrie Fisher's CGI face being used in a porn film, or a CGI Marilyn Monroe getting it on with Kanye West? That may actually happen in the future.

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  • This will happen more and more until there is some kind of legal precedent, I expect.

    I don't think the CGI versions look entirely real, at least not to me.

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  • As long as their families consent and get royalties for it now problem

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