Film still from 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny'

Harrison Ford ‘Dials’ down on use of creative AI in film industry

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‘Indiana Jones’ star Harrison Ford says he is “scared” by the prospect of artificial intelligence (AI) being used as a major creative tool in the film industry.

However, the Hollywood actor said the AI techniques used to de-age him in the latest instalment of the franchise had not been at the expense of live-action filming.

Ford has returned this summer for the final time as the whip-cracking, globe-trotting archaeologist in ‘Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny’, alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen and Toby Jones.

Although most of the film is shot in a modern setting, it also contains flashbacks to 1944, when Indy was in his Nazi-fighting prime.

Film still from 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny'

You can catch Ford on his final swashbuckling adventure in ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ in UK cinemas on 28 June

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When asked about the use of de-ageing techniques at the film’s London premiere on Monday (26 June) this week, Ford told PA News Agency: “I don’t want to be younger, I don’t want to be better looking. I just want to tell a story in which it was useful to see Indiana Jones the way we used to see him.”

He continued: “We wanted to see him the way he was in 1944… they could – because I’ve worked with Lucasfilm for so many years (and) they have an endless number of images of me, which AI used to find the right angle with the right light, so on and so forth.”

Ford stressed that despite the use of the technology in these flashbacks, he had acted in these scenes and there was nothing creative about the AI.

“This did not replace a repetitive task, you know, in a factory. This was like being a librarian – it’s not creative,” he added. “What scares me about AI is when it pretends to be a creative opportunity.”

De-ageing technology in Hollywood was first used in the 2006 film ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and has since been used in hits such as ‘The Irishman’ and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, as well as in the latest addition to the Indy franchise.

Our recent issue of E&T tied in with the release of the Indiana Jones film, with an archaeology special. What can technology do in the field that Indy can’t?

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