Marvel Studios has made a name for itself. No, I’m not talking about the movies they put out. No, I’m not talking about the characters do the big screen. I’m talking about their biggest claim to fame: digital aging and de-aging.
Unlike most movies, who do stupid things like casting different people for the same character at different ages, Marvel has taken a different approach. We saw first evidence of this approach in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where we got to see an aged up Hayley Atwell playing an old Peggy Carter. It was choppy, but it got the point across. However, while the aging process got uncanny, the de-aging process was a bit stronger. Take a look at Michael Douglas in Ant-Man and Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and it’s clear that technology has come a long way (though Russell claims that his was mostly makeup).
In their next film, we get to see two more de-aged characters in the form of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, played by Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg, respectively. As you can see in the image at the top of the article, Gregg is looking pretty suave with his full head of hair, but when asked about the de-aging on Twitter, the actor refuted the use of VFX.
Didn’t use any. Just took a 4 day nap.
— Clark Gregg (@clarkgregg) September 18, 2018
Okay, so clearly it wasn’t a legit refuting. The actor is very much having fun with his response, but I think his look can be added to the list of amazingly-believable de-aged characters. Even if he didn’t have that full head of hair, it’d look pretty solid.
Well done on you, Marvel, for truly pushing the limits of filmmaking. Well done.
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SOURCE: Clark Gregg