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A child actor who looks just like Son Seok-gu, Song Hae who appeared as she was when she was young, was a deepfake.

“It will become widespread within 2 to 3 years”… There are concerns about actors’ portrait rights and job-threatening side effects.

Netflix's 'Murderer'

Netflix’s ‘Murderer’

(Seoul = Larose.VIP) Reporter Oh Myeong-eon = From the sharply slit eyes to the unique expression of slightly crumpling one side of the face.

The child actor who appeared as a younger version of actor Son Seok-gu in the recently released Netflix original series ‘Murderer’ attracted a lot of attention in just a few minutes because he looked just like Son Seok-gu.

Viewers said, ‘He seems to be the son of actor Son Seok-gu’ and ‘Where on earth did they find an actor who looks exactly like that?’ and went looking for the actor who played the child role, but could not find any trace.

The questions were answered through an interview with director Lee Chang-hee. Director Lee, who gave an interview to the media after the release of the work, said that the past scenes of Detective Toy (played by Son Seok-gu) were the result of putting a face taken from Son Seok-gu’s childhood photo on the child actor, adding, “There were people who said whether it was necessary to go that far. “I wanted to keep the reality alive,” he said.

According to a broadcaster on the 24th, deepfake technology using artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as a core technology in the content industry.

Netflix ‘Murderer’s Conundrum’

Netflix’s ‘Murderer’

In ‘Murderer’s Toys’, not only the toys but all the characters’ past scenes were created using deepfake technology. The past days of No-bin (Kim Yo-han), the hidden helper of Lee Tang, and the appearance of Choi Kyeong-ah (Lim Se-ju), a victim of illegal filming, before plastic surgery, were realized using deepfake technology.

Deepfake technology has the advantage of maximizing reality by creating a ‘real-like fake.’

Director Lee said, “It is cinematic permission to insist that the child actor who plays the role of a middle school student and the actor who plays the adult role are the same person even though their faces are different, but I hate cinematic permission.” He added, “I have been using this technique since my debut. “I wanted to try it several times, but the CG team refused at the time, saying the technology wasn’t there,” he explained.

However, these days, as technology has become more advanced, deepfake technology is appearing one after another in various dramas and content.

The JTBC drama ‘Welcome to Samdali’, which ended last month, also used deepfake technology. This is to revive ‘national MC’ Song Hae.

JTBC drama ‘Welcome to Samdali’

JTBC drama ‘Welcome to Samdali’

The drama opened with a scene where Cho Yong-pil (Ji Chang-wook) and Jo Sam-dal (Shin Hye-sun) perform on the ‘National Singing Contest’ stage as children. Host Song Hae appears as she was when she was young and asks the main characters, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’

JTBC said, “We collected videos from the ‘National Singing Contest’ in 1994 and trained AI, and after much effort, we brought Mr. Song Hae back on stage. We recreated him, who remains in our hearts as an eternal national MC, and brought viewers and friends together.” “It was because I wanted to share my longing,” he said.

The SNL Korea Season 5 trailer, which was recently released by Coupang Play through its official YouTube account, is also drawing attention by using CG technology that appears to be a deepfake.

This video, titled ‘AI Crew Returning to Boys’ Generation’, composited the faces of SNL crew Shin Dong-yeop, Ahn Young-mi, Lee Su-ji, Jeong I-rang, and Kim Won-hoon into scenes from the Coupang Play original series ‘Boys’ Generation. Shin Dong-yeop was created as Byeong-tae, a ‘fool’ from Onyang, and Hyuk-soo Kwon was created as Kang Seon-hwa, called Buyeo’s Sophie Marceau.

Coupang Play ‘SNL’

Coupang Play ‘SNL’

The video recorded 256 million views (as of the 23rd) in just two days after it was released, with comments such as ‘I thought it was makeup, but it turned out to be a deepfake’, ‘It’s a composite, but why does everyone look so good together?’, ‘I can’t help but click it. There were a series of comments such as ‘It’s a thumbnail’.

In the media industry, where production costs, including actors’ appearance fees, are increasing day by day, the number of cases of using deepfake actors is expected to increase in the future.

A producer from a production company said, “The cost of using deepfake technology is still more expensive than the labor cost of supporting actors, but if the technology develops further and accessibility improves, there will be many advantages.”

He said, “Deepfake technology can be used not only in the character’s childhood and old age, but also in dangerous action scenes,” and added, “If the actor’s face is overlaid on the stunt double’s performance, immersion will be increased and work quality will be improved.” .

Coupang Play ‘SNL’

Coupang Play ‘SNL’

There are many voices opposing the use of deepfake technology, which still has various ethical issues.

First, there are concerns that AI may make the CGI (computer-generated imagery) technology used to create scenes for virtual actors much easier and cheaper, putting actors out of their jobs. In Hollywood, the United States, actors even went on strike citing this as a reason.

Famous actor Tom Hanks appeared on a podcast and said, “Now anyone can recreate themselves regardless of age using AI and deepfake (combining a specific person’s face, etc. into a video) technology. If I get hit by a bus tomorrow.” “Even if I get seriously injured, my acting can continue,” he said, warning of the negative impact AI will have on the content industry.

Professor Kim Myeong-joo (director of Bareun AI Research Center) of the Department of Information Security at Seoul Women’s University said, “Currently, deepfake technology is not being actively used due to its low economic feasibility, but it will become common among broadcasters in the next 2 to 3 years.” He added, “Along with this, various side effects. “There will also be,” he pointed out.

He continued, “Deepfake videos that synthesize celebrities’ faces are still eliciting reactions of ‘remarkable’ and ‘interesting,’ but as they become more prevalent, resistance among viewers will increase.”

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