An incredible series of videos swaps famous Hollywood faces to demonstrate how convincing 'deepfake' tech has gotten — take a look

YouTubeA scene from ‘Fight Club’ featuring impressive deepfake face-swapping tech.

It’s hard to discuss so-called deepfake technology without alarming people, and that’s because it’s some creepy magic: The promise of deepfake tech is the power to create convincing made-up videos of real people.

It’s not hard to imagine how this could be misused – a video of former President Barack Obama insulting President Donald Trump doesn’t actually exist, but one was created using deepfake tech.

A new series of (thankfully) harmless videos showcases the power of deepfake tech, using Hollywood heavyweights – take a look:

1. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in “Batman” is put in “A Knight’s Tale” instead.

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2. Bill Hader doing impersonations on Conan O’Brien’s show morphs into the person he’s impersonating, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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3. The “Fight Club” scenes offer a clearer look at the personality disorder at the center of the movie.

Check it out in the video below:

4. A second scene from “Fight Club” offers another look at how the tech can be used:

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5. And finally, one more with Bill Hader — this time as Al Pacino.

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