Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Olivier makes comeback from beyond the grave

Another step towards virtual actors:

"Laurence Olivier is to make his Hollywood comeback alongside Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow in the sci-fi blockbuster Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. It will be the Oscar-winning actor's first screen role following an enforced 15-year lay-off. The lay-off began, understandably enough, with his death in 1989.

Thanks to the wonders of digital technology, Olivier will now be resurrected to "play" the role of a villainous overlord who commands an army of giant killer robots. The film will splice together old movie scenes and archive footage of the actor in his youth, although Olivier's classic clipped delivery will be voiced by another actor. Explaining the decision at the annual Comic-Con sci-fi convention in San Diego, Jude Law said that no living actor possesses the same gravitas and authority."

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