AI Helped Val Kilmer Reprise His Iconic Role in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’
Peanut butter and Jelly; Iceman and Maverick. There is no Top Gun without Val Kilmer. AI was used to aid Kilmer’s performance for the followup film 30-some years in the making. Via My Modern Met:
Although things have changed for Kilmer since 1986, Maverick producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writer Christopher McQuarrie were determined to create a moment that properly honors the Iceman legacy. Artificial intelligence made it possible for Kilmer to speak with his voice pre-illness—by way of machine learning. Using “archival footage of his voice,” the company Sonantic was able to model Kilmer’s past way of speaking and used it in the film.
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