Deepfake on STB: Russian actor "glued" the face of his Ukrainian colleague and caused a mixed reaction
STB TV channel got into a scandal because of an attempt to cut Russian actor Prokhor Dubravin from the TV series "The Last Letter of the Beloved". With the help of deepfake technology the face of the character was replaced by the features of his Ukrainian colleague Dmitry Saransky.
This was pointed out by Ukrainian actor Peter Krylov, who addressed to the TV channel in Facebook. The reaction of Ukrainians was mixed (to see photos and videos, scroll to the end of the page).
A few days ago, STB TV channel published a trailer for "The Last Letter of the Beloved", which is scheduled to appear on the screens on March 27. In the video, it is easy to see that the face of one of the actors looks somewhat unnatural.
After delving into the history of the series, Peter Krylov found out that the famous Russian actor Dubravin was supposed to appear in the film. Obviously, to avoid a scandal, STB decided on the popular technology of deepfake and replaced the face of a Russian. The series was also dubbed in Ukrainian.
Dmitry Saransky, when asked if he knew about the use of his face in the show, did not answer.
By the way, the Russian actor Dubravin did not condemn the criminal invasion of the country in which he earned his living, but instead supported the army of the occupants.
Many Ukrainians, like Petro Krylov, did not like the TV channel's decision to release a series in which the Russian took part, but users who did not understand the hatred also responded.
"If it's taken off, then throw it out now? I do not see the problem, especially STB removed a Russian actor", "I can not believe that this is true", "Such bullshit is being carried that you just do not know how to get through to those who produce it", "You ripped them like ninth graders caught for a cigarette. Shame", "Very strange claim to the channel. There was a pro-Russian actor, they cut him out and replaced him with a Ukrainian. The first one is no longer on the show. He won't get any money or fame, because he is physically absent from the screen," the reports say.
Earlier OBOZREVATEL wrote that at the University of Venice began Short Film Festival. The list of "best" includes three films produced in Russia, whose creators support the war in Ukraine.
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