From 'Gemini Man' to 'The Irishman': Dawn of the De-Aged Actor

courtesy of Paramount Pictures; Ben Rothstein/Paramount Pictures

courtesy of Paramount Pictures; Ben Rothstein/Paramount Pictures


While directing Will Smith in Gemini Man, in which the 51-year-old actor stars as an assassin hunted by a clone of his younger self, director Ang Lee made an unusual request of his star. He asked Smith to "act less."

Lee needed Smith to go back to his less-polished acting roots from the early 1990s in order to capture the performance for his younger clone. But to make Smith look like his youthful self required a whole new level of trickery that saw Lee and his visual effects team create a fully digital CGI 23-year-old Will Smith.

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