A flying elephant? Sure. A rampaging 400-foot lizard? You bet. Talking lions? Hakuna matata. For decades, though, one particular creature has remained stubbornly just out of their reach — and, in a cruel twist, it happens to be the one they see in the mirror every day.
In the visual effects community, creating a completely believable, photorealistic digital human being, capable of holding its own alongside flesh-and-blood actors for an entire film, has long been considered the holy grail. Films like “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Tron: Legacy,” “Star Wars: Rogue One” and “Blade Runner 2049" have moved the industry toward that goal in recent years, with varying degrees of success. Now director Ang Lee is making the boldest — and riskiest — effort yet with the sci-fi action film “Gemini Man,” which pits the 50-year-old Will Smith, as a government hit man, against a 23-year-old version of himself.
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