Harrison Ford rejuvenated as Indiana Jones in Lucasfilm’s ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate’
Harrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones in the highly anticipated fifth installment of the franchise, titled ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate’. The film faces the challenge of not only honoring the legacy of Ford’s iconic character, but also incorporating a story about time travel and a lost artifact with space-time manipulation abilities.
With Harrison Ford now in his 80s, portraying a younger version of Indiana Jones seemed impossible without the use of heavy makeup. However, advancements in technology, specifically artificial intelligence, have made it possible to digitally recreate Ford’s youthful appearance. The technology analyses decades-old footage of the actor and applies his younger look to his current face using a system of markers painted on his face.
The results of this AI-driven rejuvenation technique are impressive when seen in clips or images. Ford looks exactly like he did in the original Indiana Jones films, and it’s nearly impossible to distinguish the digital recreation from reality. However, when the effect is seen in motion, particularly during long dialogues or action scenes, it becomes more noticeable and unnatural.
The perfect texture of Ford’s rejuvenated face stands out against the rest of the image, creating a sense of artificiality. Movements appear animated, and there is a noticeable disconnect between the face and the surrounding environment. The same effect is applied to Mads Mikkelsen’s character during the film’s prologue, which takes place in a different time period.
Despite these discrepancies, the overall enjoyment of ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate’ is not significantly impacted. The vibrant and well-executed action sequences in the prologue overshadow the imperfect AI-created rejuvenation effect. Waiting for the technology to be perfected or choosing a different story that does not involve time travel would have been less appealing options.
Ultimately, the use of artificial intelligence in rejuvenating Harrison Ford’s appearance allows the final chapter of the Indiana Jones saga to be brought to life, showcasing the beloved character in new and exciting adventures.
This article was written exclusively for in Spanish by Cine54.