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.