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Breaking ALL ANIMATION RULES

Will Smith plays two characters in the upcoming movie ‘Gemini Man’ : A 53-year-old elite hitman, Henry Brogan, and a younger 23-year-old version of himself, called Junior.

What makes this film stand out is that Smith - who just turned 51 himself - is not made to look 23 through the use of heavy make-up or conventional Hollywood anti-aging technology. Instead, Smith’s younger version of himself has been fully computer animated.

This is a new type of special effects technology that is setting a trend for the entire industry. At least, that’s what the company behind the animations is hoping for.

Their hopes could soon become a reality because the animation is actually very convincing. Many film critics, who have already seen the film, agree: director Ang Lee has done a great job.

The script for ‘Gemini Man’ has been circulating around Hollywood for about 20 years. Until now, filmmakers agreed that the technology was not developed enough for the film to be produced.

Several actors - including Harrison Ford, Jon Voight, and Mel Gibson - all had their names attached to the project at one point. But the movie didn’t move towards production until it came to director Ang Lee in 2017, who has already made a name for himself by directing films such as the Oscar-winning ‘Life of Pi’ - another film known for its excellent visual effects.

To develop the technology, Jackson’s team analyzed and processed Will Smith’s entire facial and skin structure. But that’s not all: they also took elements of Smith’s younger self from films such as ‘Independence Day,’ ‘Bad Boys’ and even his most-well known role in the 90s sitcom ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ - all of which were used to recreate Junior. ‘Gemini Man’ simulates Will Smith’s skin structure on several levels and creates a network of muscle movements.

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