A great impressionist can truly transform into another person with nothing more than words and actions. Sometimes though, when a skilled performer gets paired with the perfect costume, an impersonation can become transcendent, like when Tina Fey played former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin on
These equal parts incredible/equal parts frightening videos come from the aptly named YouTube channel Ctrl Shift Face, which amazed us previously by transposing Jim Carrey’s visage onto Jack Nicholson’s performance as Jack Torrance in
Previously Ctrl Shift Face did this with an old Hader appearance on Conan, showing off his Pacino and Schwarzenegger impressions. Each time he starts speaking like the two Hollywood legends their faces pop up. For as weird as the Tom Cruise deepfake looks (probably because they have similar faces), the Arnold Schwarzenegger one makes us laugh.
Deepfake technology, for as funny as it can be, will likely be troublesome sooner than later, since anyone’s face can be put into any kind of video. We didn’t realize though that even if talented impressionists’ jobs are safe it could put some very talented wig and costume people out of business.