Today Hot New Hip Hop reported on a new piece of content featuring a Deepfake, but this time it’s from Tom Cruise, the War of the Worlds actor also known for his involvement with the Church of Scientology.
The outlet pointed out how deepfakes have become a legitimate form of technology where people can give the impression that they are saying and doing something that they are not in reality.
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The Mission Impossible actor, Mr. Cruise, has been all over TikTok, but not because of anything he actually did or participated in. Complex says someone on TikTok created an account with their name and then used a deepfake version to record a video message.
The video with the legendary actor, who first rose to fame in the 1980s for his performance in the teen movie, Risky business, went on to have over 11 million views in addition to 11 million likes. You can watch the video for yourself below, which was also shared on Twitter:
This is not Tom Cruise
This is a deep fake
This probably isn’t good news for Cameo pic.twitter.com/CqkzNOAFQp
– Damian Burns (@damianburns) February 26, 2021
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So far, the response to the Tom Cruise deepfake has been fairly mixed, with some people pointing out how scary the technology is, while others simply marveled at it when a form of art and technology mixed together. Obviously, the way people react to it will differ greatly.
Regardless, this wouldn’t be the first time the actor has been in the headlines in recent months. In case you missed it, the Mission Impossible alum was smashed by some on social media for yelling at members of his cast and crew about violating coronavirus restrictions on the set of one of his movies.
The actor could be heard telling some of his employees in a leaked recording. Fortunately for Mr. Cruise, this didn’t spark a widespread call for a cancellation, and part of it had to do with the way he was described in the media by other celebrities and media personalities.
For example during a performance on The Howard Stern ShowGeorge Clooney defended Tom, saying that everything the actor said in the leaked recording was true, although George says he would not have approached the issue in the same way.