“My hope and my optimistic point of view is that ultimately people will always need that human element,” actress says
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is one of many Hollywood stars worried about her future given the technology involved in making her new action-thriller, “Gemini Man.”
“It’s a legitimate fear going on that we could just be sort of not necessary for a lot of our jobs,” Winstead said of the project, in which stars opposite two Will Smiths, one of them a decades-younger version made entirely through CGI.
The technologies used in “Gemini Man” — by Oscar-winning visual effects company Weta Digital — have posed a bit of an existential kerfuffle in the industry in recent years. In 2019 alone, films including “Gemini Man,” Martin Scorcese’s “The Irishman” and Disney’s “The Lion King” include similar CGI effects, adding weight to the question: Are technologies making actors obsolete?
“My hope and my optimistic point of view is that ultimately people will always need that human element, you know, to connect to,” she said. “As time goes on and the technology gets further and further along, everybody might follow that for a little while, but hopefully you’ll always need the real human being to keep it grounded. We really hope so in the acting community that that’ll be the case.”
Watch the full interview with Winstead above.