If you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere over the past six months, then let me fill you in…
Henry Cavill was in the midst of filming “Mission Impossible: Fallout” for Paramount Studios, in which his character sports a fairly prominent mustache. The problem was, Henry was also being asked to film reshoots as Superman for the “Justice League” movie for Warner Bros. Cavill was expected to be able to finish shooting the sixth “Mission Impossible” film before needing to don Superman’s spandex again. That didn’t happen, which required Henry to jump back and forth from each production. Paramount would not allow Cavill to shave the facial hair while production was taking place, which meant the mustache he grew for his character in the “Mission Impossible” sequel had to be digitally removed in post-production… and it didn’t look good.
Today, the people over at DeepFakes Club have released a video showing how they, with the purchase of a $500 used computer and their own free software, were able to teach an A.I. how to remove Henry Cavill’s mustache. They’ve used various sources of video footage to show the final result, even doing a better job on actual footage from the “Justice League” movie itself.
“While deepfaking usually involves swapping two faces,” explains the visual artist, “I instead trained the computer model on two different version, mustached and shaven, of the same face. The model did a decent job of removing Cavill’s mustache, at least as cleanly as the average rushed morning shaving session. Due to the inflexibility of the current blending functions in the deepfaking software, I saved the shaved images without any blurring or blending functions. I then masked the shaved mouths and combined them with the original clips in video editing software.”