Tom Cruise deepfake creator says public shouldn’t be worried about ‘one-click fakes’

Tom Cruise deepfake creator says public shouldn’t be worried about ‘one-click fakes’


Want to see a magic trick? Tom Cruise impersonator Miles Fisher (left) and the deepfake Tom Cruise created by Chris Ume (right). | Image: Chris Ume

When a series of spookily convincing Tom Cruise deepfakes went viral on TikTok, some suggested it was a chilling sign of things to come — harbinger of an era where AI will let anyone make fake videos of anyone else. The video’s creator, though, Belgium VFX specialist Chris Ume, says this is far from the case. Speaking to The Verge about his viral clips, Ume stresses the amount of time and effort that went into making each deepfake, as well as the importance of working with a top-flight Tom Cruise impersonator, Miles Fisher.

“You can’t do it by just pressing a button,” says Ume. “That’s important, that’s a message I want to tell people.” Each clip took weeks of work, he says, using the open-source DeepFaceLab algorithm as well as…

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