Check out what Terminator 2: Judgment Day would be like with Sylvester Stallone in the lead role instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the early 1980s, there was no bigger action hero on Earth than Rocky and First Blood star Stallone. But 1984's The Terminator heralded the arrival of a new contender to the action throne in former bodybuilder (and future California governor) Schwarzenegger.
Stallone and Schwarzenegger would battle it out throughout the '80s, with Schwarzenegger eventually eclipsing Stallone thanks to classic action films like Predator and Total Recall. Schwarzenegger would arguably reach the height of his box office power with 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which went on to become a blockbuster with $204 million grossed at the domestic box office ($438 million adjusted for inflation). Meanwhile, Stallone's star faded thanks to a slew of sub-par vehicles including the bombs Oscar, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot! and the still notorious Judge Dredd.
Now, fans can visit an alternate reality where the Stallone vs. Schwarzenegger story played out just a little differently. In this alternate timeline, Stallone and not Schwarzenegger stars in the blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day, playing the T-800 who learns how to be human while protecting humanity's savior John Connor. YouTube user Ctrl Shift Face used Deepfake technology to make Stallone fans' T2 dreams come true. See the clip in the space below:
Deepfake technology has of course become highly controversial in recent years, as it can be used to alter video of real life people to make them say and do things they never actually said or did. When used to put Stallone in T2 however, Deepfake technology becomes not destructive but highly entertaining. The above clip puts Stallone into the iconic T2 scene where the T-800, newly arrived in the early '90s after traveling through time from the grim post-Judgment Day future, enters a biker bar and demands the patrons give him clothes and a motorcycle. The bikers are less than accommodating, but of course that doesn't matter to the T-800, who makes quick work of them before riding off to the strains of George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone."
The Deepfake Stallone is of course not perfect, as some shots just look like Schwarzenegger with Stallone's face sloppily pasted on, and the one moment where the character talks sounds nothing like Stallone and everything like Schwarzenegger with his unmistakable Bavarian accent. Still, the altered Terminator 2: Judgment Day clip is a lot of fun for action movie fans who enjoy daydreaming about great stars swapping roles. As such technology develops, perhaps one day we'll get entire movies with different dream casts. Though no doubt, many will question the ethics of using such techniques to replace actors in movies long after the fact and without their consent.
Source: Ctrl Shift Face
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