Appearing at the Showtime Television Critics Association panel yesterday, actor Jim Carrey spoke about the backlash to the first trailer for the “Sonic the Hedgehog” film.
This feature adaptation of the classic SEGA game franchise sees Carry taking on the role of Sonic’s arch-nemesis Doctor Robotnik, opposite Sonic as voiced by Ben Schwartz. The trailer was met with a poor response overall, objections and jokes mostly focused on the design of the CG Sonic.
The mockery got so bad that the film ended up being delayed by three months so those involved could retool the character’s look with director Jeff Fowler confirming the redesign. Promoting his “Kidding” series, Carrey was asked about the backlash and he answered with a concern about the increasing level of perceived fan “ownership” of the properties they love:
“Sometimes, you find the collective consciousness finds it wants something and then when it gets it: ‘I just wanted it, I didn’t care about it. I just jumped on the bandwagon’. Ownership of anything is going out the window for all of us.”
Carrey was also asked about DeepFake technology, something he has been subjected to as seen in a popular viral video in which Carrey’s face is mapped onto Jack Nicholson’s head in a scene from “The Shining” and the results are disturbingly realistic:
“What’s next? Who knows. Just like everything else in our world, we’re feeling out of control with the process. We do what we do and technology will have its way. Who knows what that’s going to turn into. I believe in auteurs and creators and having them do it.”
The “Sonic the Hedgehog” film is now targeting a February 14th 2020 release.
Source: Heat Vision