Horror icon and legendary chin model Bruce Campbell has unofficially hung up his boomstick in The Evil Dead series, but a new deepfake video reveals that the cult-favorite could have a future in the Impossible Missions Force.
The actor recently reposted a deepfake of unknown origins in which the actor's face is superimposed over Tom Cruise's in Mission: Impossible - Fallout. The technology — used by apps like Reface and Snapchat to essentially perform a digital version of Face/Off surgery — is fairly controversial due to its more nefarious uses. A Pennsylvania mother, for example, was recently caught using it to manufacture a video of her daughter’s cheerleading rivals naked and drinking in an effort to frame them.
Counterpoint: The technology can be used to replace Tom Cruise's stern mug with the goofy, gawp-jawed expressions that made living cartoon Campbell a legend.
Honestly, it’s not hard to imagine an alternative universe in which Campbell uses his vintage matinee-actor charms in an intense spy thriller, though given his penchant for slapstick, it’s hard to imagine him surviving half of what Tom Cruise puts himself through.
Campbell clearly approves. And it turns out, deepfaking Campbell into film history is something of an internet pastime. Here he is in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and North By Northwest:
And making a strong case to succeed Daniel Craig as Bond:
In the event of a Man with No Name reboot, Campbell already has a Brisco County poncho:
Having spent time as a Deadite in Medieval times, the actor would be right at home in the Lord of the Rings trilogy:
This remake of The Shining is extra frightening due to the glitchy technology:
But in perhaps the biggest coup, a video from 2019 replaces Jake Gyllenhaal with Campbell as Spider-Man villain Mysterio… a role director Sam Raimi intended Campbell to play in his aborted Spider-Man 4.