Finally, an Exciting Conspiracy Theory: Roy Kent in ‘Ted Lasso’ Is CGI
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Leave it to Apple to deepfake a whole person.
Well, OK wait, let me explain. After a while, rumors started – jokes floating around on Reddit that Ted LassoRoy Kent is a completely computer -generated character. Something about his overly perfect beard and overall FIFA 22 he was just shown in the vibe, according to one commentator, “CGI AF.” To be honest, they’re probably right.
To be clear: I’m not a moron. I know Roy Kent is played by Brett Goldstein, real man. (His even nominated for an Emmy!) But does he look fake like all hell? Yes His pitch moves are very perfect; his oath, too wrong. He might even be a decent girlfriend for a footballer. (At some point someone should have told everyone about the scene where he was doing cunnilingus to Keeley while he was watching a video of him crying.) As if he wasn’t real. Even if we all know he is.
The thing about this conspiracy theory, though, is it’s fun. There was a time, I swear, when the conspiracies were about foreign secrets infiltrating the government or Beyoncé being in the Illuminati. Dangerous theories exist always have, but there used to be even a sprinkle of really interesting and harmless talk at dinners. (There are also dinner parties.) However, those are gone when everyone starts throwing away the idea that the The coronavirus causes 5G. (No.) Against the backdrop, it’s invigorating to imagine one of the stars in an almost all -too -beautiful soccer show on the Apple TV + that is almost always very good.
Likewise, let’s be honest: This is how something feels Apple do in a topsy-turvy alternate reality. Most of us already feel like our iPhones have become focus groups for new looks and products. Why wouldn’t Cupertino use its hit show to try out some new deepfake technology on an unsuspecting population? If there’s any company hiding a secret lab for the development of virtual thespians, it’s Apple. Industrial Light and Magic already recreating performances from deceased artists and de-aging Robert De Niro, how far can really work be done perfectly in VFX?
However, perhaps, the “Roy Kent is CGI” conspiracy theory is just a denial. the etc. piece of Ted Lasso the talk over the past few weeks has revolved around whether the show is going to break out now, and frankly, it’s exhausting. (Short version: People think the second season is unfeeling and windy and maybe pretty good for self-interest. Also, they might be tired of waiting a week for new episodes rather than look at them. I don’t know.) Roy Kent may be fake (again, he’s not), but it’s best that he doesn’t get bored.
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