The uncanny quality of a good deepfake can have a spine-shivering effect on viewers, and that couldn’t be more true here.
Ctrl Shift Face, a YouTube channel that’s terrifyingly good at producing deepfakes, has posted a trio of videos using the “coin toss” scene from No Country for Old Men. Except instead instead of Javier Bardem, who stars in the original scene, we get Leonardo DiCaprio, Willem Dafoe, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in three separate videos.
If having the actors’ faces overlaid onto Bardem’s wasn’t creepily accurate enough, the voices (courtesy of voice actors) are dubbed over the dialogue, as well. And it’s a lot to process.
The “Hasta la vista, friendo” especially sends. Just when you’ve had about all the heebie jeebies you can handle, there’s Willam Dafoe.
Dafoe has played a few off-putting characters in his esteemed career, including the Green Goblin in Spider-Man, Peter Van Houten in The Fault In Our Stars, and most recently, the lighthouse keeper Thomas in The Lighthouse. Somehow, they all come through in this deepfake with a startling air of precise hostility.
While this is entertaining and truly creepy, it’s unclear how, exactly, the increasingly convincing deepfakes will play a larger role if bad actors attempt to manipulate videos. With the 2020 election quickly approaching, there’s a growing concern that someone will use this technology to influence an election in some way.