Rise of the machines: AI spells danger for Hollywood stunt workers

August 13, 2023

"The technology is exponentially getting faster and better," said Freddy Bouciegues, stunt coordinator for movies like "Free Guy" and "Terminator: Dark Fate." "Gran Turismo" primarily uses stunt performers driving real cars on actual racetracks, with some computer-generated effects added on top for one particularly complex and dangerous scene. "He uses real stunt people, and he does real stunts, and you can see it on the screen. Current AI technology still gives "slightly unpredictable results," agreed Blomkamp, who began his career in VFX, and directed Oscar-nominated "District 9." But even that is a sobering reality for stunt performers who are currently standing on picket lines outside Hollywood studios.