As I was reading financial and technology news I came across this article from Fox Business News. I have to admit that I felt a little sick to my stomach when I read this report of Hollywood bringing James Dean back to life….to give him a role and a career! Can you believe it?
Here’s what Fox Business recently reported:
“The men bringing James Dean back to life for a forthcoming film are aiming not just to give his digital likeness a role, but a whole new career.
Dean’s planned appearance in the Vietnam War movie ‘Finding Jack,’ and the possibility of future parts, comes as digital de-aging and duplication of real actors has tipped from cinematic trick into common practice. And it's giving new life to old arguments about the immortality and dignity of the dead.
‘Our intentions are to create the virtual being of James Dean. That's not only for one movie, but going to be used for many movies and also gaming and virtual reality,’ said Travis Cloyd, CEO of Worldwide XR, who is leading the design on the Dean project. ‘Our focus is on building the ultimate James Dean so he can live across any medium.’”
If you’re feeling uneasy about what these people are trying to do, it’s because God put in you His morality so that you can discern right from wrong.
You see, these people are justifying their actions by what some of their predecessors in other movies did:
“’This is disruptive technology,’ Cloyd said. ‘Some people hear it for the first time and they get shaken by it. But this is where the market is going.’
The revival of the dead, often done clumsily, has been happening for much of Hollywood's existence.
Footage of Bela Lugosi, combined with a double holding a cape over his face, was used in 1959’s ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space,’ released after the horror star's death. Bruce Lee’s film ‘Game of Death,’ left unfinished before his 1973 death, was completed using doubles and voice overdubs and released five years later. ‘The Fast and the Furious’ star Paul Walker died in 2013 before shooting was done on ‘Furious 7.’ His two younger brothers and others acted as stand-ins so his scenes could be finished.
Even Lennon, and many other dead historical figures, were digitally revived in 1994 in ‘Forrest Gump.’
But the technology of recreation and resurrection has taken a major leap forward in quality and prestige, with the extensive de-aging and re-aging used in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’; a young Will Smith digitally returning to play opposite the current version in last summer's ‘Gemini Man’; and Carrie Fisher, whose younger self briefly returned digitally in 2016's ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ and appeared again after her death, in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.’
Let me decode this for you. What they mean to say is they’re going to push for this “new normal” in technology until you accept it as normal as if normal meant “right”.
So what if Bela Lugosi was brought to “life” by a double in 1959 to finish a project? So what if Bruce Lee’s “Game of Death” film was completed by doubles after his death? So what if Lennon appeared next to Forrest Gump? In the first two cases, doubles were used for one particular purpose: to finish a film, and the practice stopped there. Nobody else brought Bela Lugosi or Bruce Lee back to life to give them careers. Even Lennon appearing with Forrest Gump (or any other doctored video of actual people, such as JFK, for that matter) is not really a moral problem when it’s done this way.
Doctoring a video to place yourself in the swearing in of, say, JFK or Donald Trump as President, can be artistic, but not morally wrong. Even making yourself look younger or older in a photo or video can be artistic but not morally wrong (unless you’re using it to fool people into thinking you’re younger or older than you are for a larger purpose, such as fraud). The key is: what’s your motive? Vanity? Just trying to look better? Or fraud where you’re actually trying to steal something from someone?
But let’s face it, bringing a dead man to life for PROFIT is EVIL. They’re doing this for MONEY. Not to mention the idea that they’re going to CREATE a digital image of James Dean, not use old footage as was the case with John Lennon in Forrest Gump, is morally wrong.
Morality cannot be based on what's normal at the moment! Slavery was normal, but it was wrong. Abortion is somewhat normal, but it’s still wrong. Transgenderism is also somewhat normal (or they’re trying to normalize it), and it’s still wrong. Having males compete against women in sports is being pushed as normal, but it’s still wrong. And bringing people back from the dead, pretending they’re alive and giving them a role in a movie is as wrong as talking to dead people, or the Ouija board game, which attempts to contact dead people and having them talk to you!
What I find fascinating is what Pablo Helman said:
“Pablo Helman, the visual effects supervisor behind the de-aging of Robert De Niro and others in ‘The Irishman,’ said he considers that moral dilemma in his work.
‘The main question that you need to ask yourself is why do it?’ Helman said. ‘You know, just because you can do it doesn't mean you should, you know? That would be one thing that I'm always questioning: Is it in service of the story?’”
Why you do it, is the question. “Is it in service of the story?” HA! So now morality is based upon a certain action being in service of the story? Slavery was definitely in service of the Southern economy. Was it right? So what if a few make hundreds of millions of dollars, in service of the story out of this?
The question of morality is not decided by the majority and it’s not decided by economics or arts – it’s decided by God Himself.
In Deuteronomy 18:10-12 we read: “anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD”.
By doing these things – creating digital beings of people who have died so that these images assume a role in a movie (not even acting as self!) is an abomination to the Lord. There’s a reason people have a negative reaction to these things, as Cloyd confessed. It’s occultism. It’s Satanism. They don't need to do any of this - they can just hire a real, living actor. So why do this unless you're working knowingly or unknowingly for Satan himself!
God has written His law in our souls. It’s wrong what Hollywood is doing. People know it. The authors of this evil know it. You know it and I know it. It’s simply wrong. And it’s always wrong to do wrong.
1 Chronicles 10:13-14:
“So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the LORD in that he did not keep the command of the LORD and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the LORD. Therefore the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.“
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