Who Needs Actors?

Actors are getting squeezed by the streamers who have limited their net profits participation (there are none).

And now, they are being replaced by dead people.

A new film titled “Finding Jack” plans to use James Dean as the lead. As you know, Dean died in a car crash in 1955 at the age of 24. Using CGI, the producers intend to resurrect him and have his “avatar”(?) perform in the film.


With the ability to age and de-age live actors (see: “The Irishman”), using dead ones makes a lot of sense. Although details haven’t been released, it’s apparent that Dean’s talent agent won’t be getting his/her 10%, although his estate will be paid for the use of his image. In addition, no contribution to the Screen Actors Guild pension and health scheme.

And aside from the financial aspects, some actors, although considered as highly “bankable” (a terrible term), have been reported to be a “pain in the ass” to work with.

Avatars, as we know, are highly responsive to the whims of the director.

So, check out the unemployment line next month, you might see that guy who, last year, had a $20 million “quote.”


(Photo: By In-house publicity still – Warner Bros. publicity still for for the film Rebel Without a Cause, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30025290)

About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeffrey-a-koeppel/0/63/5a9
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