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Bruce Willis can still appear in movies after selling his 'digital twin' to Deepcake before aphasia


Two-time Emmy winner Bruce Willis can still appear in movies after selling his image rights to Russian firm Deepcake last year before his aphasia diagnosis.

Engineers at the AI-powered content optimization web platform created a 4K ultra-realistic ‘digital twin’ of the German-born, New Jersey-raised 67-year-old by inputting 34K images of his face into their neural network.

In August 2021, Bruce’s twin made his debut by having his face ‘grafted’ on to understudy Konstantin Solovyov for a commercial for Russian telecoms giant MegaFon.

Double take: Two-time Emmy winner Bruce Willis can still appear in movies after selling his image rights to Russian firm Deepcake last year before his aphasia diagnosis

Double take: Two-time Emmy winner Bruce Willis can still appear in movies after selling his image rights to Russian firm Deepcake last year before his aphasia diagnosis

It now only takes engineers ‘three to five days’ to recreate Willis in projects, but his estate has the final sign-off on what’s created.

‘I liked the precision with which my character turned out. It’s a mini-movie in my usual action-comedy genre,’ the Die Hard alum said in a statement on their website.

‘For me, it is a great opportunity to go back in time. With the advent of modern technology, even when I was on another continent, I was able to communicate, work and participate in the filming. It’s a very new and interesting experience, and I thank our entire team.’

Star Wars producers use deepfake technology for all of their cast members and celebs like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Carrey, and Michelle Pfeiffer reportedly have digital copies.

'Extremely reduces the budget': Engineers at the AI-powered content optimization web platform created a 4K ultra-realistic 'digital twin' of the German-born, New Jersey-raised 67-year-old by inputting 34K images of his face into their neural network

‘Extremely reduces the budget’: Engineers at the AI-powered content optimization web platform created a 4K ultra-realistic ‘digital twin’ of the German-born, New Jersey-raised 67-year-old by inputting 34K images of his face into their neural network

In action: In August 2021, Bruce's twin made his debut by having his face 'grafted' on to understudy Konstantin Solovyov for a commercial for Russian telecoms giant MegaFon

In action: In August 2021, Bruce’s twin made his debut by having his face ‘grafted’ on to understudy Konstantin Solovyov for a commercial for Russian telecoms giant MegaFon

'I liked the precision with which my character turned out': It now only takes engineers 'three to five days' to recreate Willis in projects, but his estate has the final sign-off on what's created

‘I liked the precision with which my character turned out’: It now only takes engineers ‘three to five days’ to recreate Willis in projects, but his estate has the final sign-off on what’s created

The Die Hard alum said in a statement: 'For me, it is a great opportunity to go back in time. With the advent of modern technology, even when I was on another continent, I was able to communicate, work and participate in the filming. It's a very new and interesting experience'

The Die Hard alum said in a statement: ‘For me, it is a great opportunity to go back in time. With the advent of modern technology, even when I was on another continent, I was able to communicate, work and participate in the filming. It’s a very new and interesting experience’

Bruce – who’s amassed over $9.4B worldwide for his films – has three more action thrillers in the can that he shot last year before his aphasia diagnosis and subsequent retirement.

Aphasia is an inability to comprehend or formulate language because of damage to specific brain regions due to stroke, head trauma, brain tumor, brain infection, or neurodegenerative disease.

Willis next plays veteran Detective James Knight in Edward Drake’s LA-set action thriller Detective Knight: Rogue, which will hit US theaters on October 21.

Not over yet! Bruce - who's amassed over $9.4B worldwide for his films - has three more action thrillers in the can that he shot last year before his aphasia diagnosis and subsequent retirement (pictured in 2021)

Not over yet! Bruce – who’s amassed over $9.4B worldwide for his films – has three more action thrillers in the can that he shot last year before his aphasia diagnosis and subsequent retirement (pictured in 2021)

'Think harder': Willis next plays veteran Detective James Knight in Edward Drake's LA-set action thriller Detective Knight: Rogue, which will hit US theaters on October 21

‘Think harder’: Willis next plays veteran Detective James Knight in Edward Drake’s LA-set action thriller Detective Knight: Rogue, which will hit US theaters on October 21

'#thatsawrap': The Independent Spirit Award nominee will star opposite Mustafa Shakir (L, pictured in 2021) in Jesse Atlas' (R) feature directorial debut Die Like Lovers, which is based on his 15-minute short film Let Them Die Like Lovers from 2017

‘#thatsawrap’: The Independent Spirit Award nominee will star opposite Mustafa Shakir (L, pictured in 2021) in Jesse Atlas’ (R) feature directorial debut Die Like Lovers, which is based on his 15-minute short film Let Them Die Like Lovers from 2017

The Independent Spirit Award nominee will star opposite Mustafa Shakir in Jesse Atlas’ feature directorial debut Die Like Lovers, which is based on his 15-minute short film Let Them Die Like Lovers from 2017. 

The body-hopping military flick also features Dominic Purcell and Nomzamo Mbatha.

Bruce (born Walter) also reteamed with John Travolta – his co-star in Pulp Fiction and the Look Who’s Talking films – for Chuck Russell’s Hawaiian-set action thriller Paradise City.

Reunited! Bruce also reteamed with John Travolta (R, pictured in 1994) — his co-star in Pulp Fiction and the Look Who's Talking films — for Chuck Russell's Hawaiian-set action thriller Paradise City

Reunited! Bruce also reteamed with John Travolta (R, pictured in 1994) — his co-star in Pulp Fiction and the Look Who’s Talking films — for Chuck Russell’s Hawaiian-set action thriller Paradise City 

The 68-year-old Oscar nominee wrote on March 31: 'Bruce and I became good friends when we shared two of our biggest hits together...Years later he said to me, "John, I just want you to know that when something good happens to you, I feel like it's happening to me." That's how generous a soul he is. I love you Bruce'

The 68-year-old Oscar nominee wrote on March 31: ‘Bruce and I became good friends when we shared two of our biggest hits together…Years later he said to me, “John, I just want you to know that when something good happens to you, I feel like it’s happening to me.” That’s how generous a soul he is. I love you Bruce’

‘Bruce and I became good friends when we shared two of our biggest hits together,’ the 68-year-old Oscar nominee wrote on March 31.

‘Years later he said to me, “John, I just want you to know that when something good happens to you, I feel like it’s happening to me.” That’s how generous a soul he is. I love you Bruce.’

Some of Willis’ former co-workers told the Los Angeles Times in March that he had been struggling on set for years.



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