Stallone in 'Terminator 2': How Deep Fake Could Change Movies Forever

Deep Fake Videos
It might be a fun game for film fans, but how will “deep fake” technology actually change the future of filmmaking?

In a viral sensation that has been bouncing around the internet, some very popular and very interesting videos have used this budding “Deep Fake” technology to superimpose different people and actors into some of our favorite film scenes. 

Found by the Ultimate Action Movie Club, here’s an example of the tech at work replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous intro scene in Terminator 2 with Sylvester Stallone.

Deep Fake Videos

Created by YouTuber Ctrl Shift Face, the video seems harmless enough. It’s kind of fun to see such iconic performers juxtaposed into such a classic cinema moment. (For action movie buffs, it’s also a nice nod to a moment in Schwarzenegger’s Last Action Hero where we see a T2 poster with Stallone in the starring role).

However, once you dive deeper into the technology you can see how the potential for fake news or hoaxes to emerge, especially when it’s used to make celebrities (or politicians) appear to say or do things they never would.

What Could Deep Fake Mean for Movies?

The real problemor opportunity, I suppose depending on how you look at itthat these Deep Fake videos pose to the film industry is just how much it could open up for subjective viewing preferences. In the future, if a person decides that Sylvester Stallone is the only movie star they want to see in films, this technology could be used to make every film they watch appear that way.

Author’s note: Hey, that wouldn’t be that bad, would it?

Actors could simply be placeholders for the likeness of bigger stars, or worse, the most popular internet sensations. Or perhaps, why not put your own face into movies for the ultimate navel-gazing experience.

But then again, maybe movies are already on the way out. Curated streaming content and virtual reality technologies are both on the rise, so maybe no one will care about Deep Fake technology being added to old movies.

On a lighter note, here's another Deep Fake video from Ctrl Shift Face where comedian Bill Hader’s Arnold impression is Deep-faked to be combined with Schwarzenegger’s actual face.

What are your thoughts on this bold new future? Would be interesting to read them in the comments below...     

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The film geek in me is excited for the potential applications when filmmaking..... but I'm also afraid of how bad things are going to get in an already unstable world. Not one for political debates online so I will keep my comments general. Alot of sick people are already taking advantage of society in many ways and this will most definitely make it worse.

June 26, 2019 at 2:48PM

Luis Garcia

This is interesting and concerning. One could certainly re-write history with such ability.

June 27, 2019 at 8:41AM


This reminds me of the dread and fear about "ruining" classic films when the technology to color them came about. In the end it was really a non-issue. Sure, some got colored but in the end it was just something paying audiences didn't care about. The film industry has been replacing faces for years--especially to put a star's face on a stuntman or stunt dummy--and with computer animation they're often replacing the entire actor. This is just another example of once-high-end technology trickling down to the unwashed masses. The special effects that your average 12 year old can do now put early Industrial Light and Magic to shame. Will we see those uses you predict? Probably. Wide-spread? I doubt it. And as for using it to perpetrate hoaxes, I don't know why anyone believes anything they see in photos or on video these days. We're long past the time when photographic evidence was trustworthy.

June 27, 2019 at 12:25PM

Rick Beebe
Actor, Director, Writer

Well... yeah, it looked pretty good, no doubt, but it wouldn't hold up to serious scrutiny. It was like a Tocky/Arnold hybrid or something; not really like the real Stallone, aside from the fact that Arnold is about 6" taller! Either way, the fakery in terms of potential "news" certainly "might" be concerning -except that you'll always have the original to compare it to. To really make it stick you'd need to make sure the originals NEVER got out. Even then...

And movies where you choose another actor? Oh sure, like ANY actor would agree to that. And lining up 5 high-paid actors instead of one, yeah that'll be a big thing!

The thing is, this was all worried about when Photoshop came out 20 years ago and? The fact is, it pretty much it never got used for any serious political spoofing, because it's cheaper just to start a rumor anyway.

June 27, 2019 at 1:41PM

Douglas Bowker
Animation, Video, Motion-Graphics

Oh man I wish they had this for Rogue One.

June 29, 2019 at 8:22AM, Edited June 29, 8:22AM

Noah Leon
Filmmaker @ Moosefuel Media

This is just wrong. It's cool to be able to do this but it's another way we going remove the human element from the process. It's also another way to making way for criminal activity.

June 30, 2019 at 8:44AM