Deepfake Reimagines the Addams Family With Ron Swanson as Wednesday Addams

Ron Swanson as Wednesday Addams
(YouTube/Speaking of AI)

In a world where Black Mirror reminds us of just how dark a world full of technology can get, it’s important to remember that the majority of us use technology to do some fairly advanced messing around. One of the coolest genres of tech-assisted BS is the deepfake, where people who are moderately good with technology can use their skills to create a whole new reality.

Of course, it’s mildly terrifying to think about the fact that anyone with a decent working knowledge of technology can make it look like anyone is doing anything, and that it’s only getting easier and more realistic looking. But as of now, techies are using this type of synthetic media to give us gifts like a version of Ace Ventura starring Al Pacino (Al Ventura?), and a reimagined Step Brothers featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone like we’ve never seen them before.

There has been a lot of Addams Family news lately, with Tim Burton announcing the production of a new live-action series (a spooky match made in – I don’t know, a Spirit Halloween store). The cast of the series has yet to be announced, but after watching this deepfake created by YouTube’s Speaking Of AI, the new Wednesday Addams has a big mustache to fill.

Speaking of AI inserted Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson into the hilarious and bizarre Addams Family deepfake, giving the scenes from the 1993 film a whole new feel that somehow works. Swanson’s deadpan demeanor fits perfectly with the Addams Family vibe since the Addams crew is known for doing extremely bizarre things without expressing much emotion at all.

With audio and video pulled from Parks and Recreation, the YouTube video has Swanson seamlessly delivering Wednesday’s lines and interacting with other characters. Dressed in Wednesday’s signature pigtails and dress, the whole thing almost looks like a Ron Swanson fever dream of exactly who he wishes his daughter would be. Inexpressive, snarky, and just a little bit evil (but like, in a fun way).

Watch the full video below, and check out Speaking of AI’s YouTube channel for more bizarre and inexplicably perfect deepfakes.

Deepfake Tech Inserts Arnold and Sly into Step Brothers

Arnold and Sly in Step Brothers

Deep Fake technology is pretty insane.

It grants creators the ability to make it look like almost anyone is doing almost anything, in a very convincing fashion. It’s a potentially very dangerous tool, especially in today’s divisive times, and it’s possible to foresee a future in which video footage is manipulated in such a way as to provoke the public or even cause global conflict that can irrevocably impact the world in terrifying ways.

Thankfully we mostly use it to make funny clips.

In the past, deep fake has given us Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. as Marty McFly and Doc Brown, and it has transformed Al Pacino into Ace Ventura. It has put Jim Carrey in The Shining and transformed Jennifer Lawrence into Steve Buscemi for some reason.

Now, the technology has been put to perhaps its greatest use yet: replacing Step Brothers’ stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly with two of the biggest action heroes of the 80s, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

If you told me they had actually fully remade Step Brothers with these two, I would have already purchased a ticket. The idea of those two muscle-bound quip machines facing off and teaming up in that absurd movie sounds even more ridiculously entertaining than the movie already is (and that’s saying something).

That remake, of course, will never happen. But until then, we have this glorious footage. Enjoy!

Al Pacino Is Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Al Pacino is Ace Ventura
(YouTube/Futuring Machine)

The typical trajectory is as follows: comedian becomes famous for being funny, parlays that fame into TV and or movie stardom gets tired of being known merely for being funny, attempts to crossover into drama. Sometimes it works and you get Robin Williams, sometimes it doesn’t work and you get Will Ferrell.

It’s a little less popular to do the reverse, i.e., to start as a dramatic actor and then veer into comedy. It can happen, but even when it does, the person still remains largely known as a serious performer who occasionally moonlights in comedies. Just look at Robert DeNiro, who hit comedy gold with Analyze This and Meet the Parents (not to mention the stone-cold classic Midnight Run), but still mostly known for dramas. When a comedian has success going serious, he rarely looks back, as if he considers comedy to be beneath him.

One dramatic heavyweight who has rarely gone the comedy route is the flipside to DeNiro’s coin in Heat: Al Pacino.

He seems made for comedy, and since he doesn’t seem all that interested (maybe it’s Sandler’s fault) someone went ahead and did the work for him. Thanks to DeepFake technology, it’s now possible to shift Al Pacino’s entire career by imagining – and actually visualizing – how he might have handled a broadly comedic role like Ace Ventura.

Just remember, before you watch this uncanny recreation of Jim Carrey’s classic character: some things you can’t unsee.