YouTuber Ctrl Shift Face , who specializes in "deepfake" videos which replace iconic film characters with other actors, has just imagined a version of the Coen Brothers' 2007 thriller No Country for Old Men where a young Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the antagonist. Deepfake videos use artificial intelligence to synthesize a human being's appearance based on existing footage and images.
This clip is one in a series of digital remakes of the opening "coin toss" scene from the movie in which the coldblooded hitman Anton Chigurh is played by different actors. Other versions include Leonardo DiCaprio and Willem Defoe.
Anton Chigurh, with his strict personal code and deeply unflattering haircut, is one of the most memorable villains of 21st century film: his trademark was allowing his would-be victims to decide their own fate on the toss of a coin. Javier Bardem played him in the original movie, which was based on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy.
Earlier this year, Ctrl Shift Face reimagined how one of Schwarzenegger's own movies might look with a different actor in the lead role, digitally grafting Sylvester Stallone's likeness over that of Schwarzenegger in scenes from Terminator 2: Judgement Day (which probably didn't help the two actors' on-going playful rivalry ).