Justin Bieber falls in love with Tom Cruise’s viral deepfake, fans say singer is ‘like us’
There is some comfort in knowing that pop star Justin Bieber has something in common with many people around the world. He is as sensitive to fake news as anyone. The ‘Baby’ hitmaker was reportedly duped on Thursday, October 7 by a deepfake video of actor and Scientology advocate Tom Cruise.
According to DailyDot, in many stories on his Instagram account, Bieber congratulated the actor while sharing footage of what he believed to be Cruise playing the guitar. Tagging Cruise’s official account, Bieber said he was “impressed” by the actor’s supposed musical chops.
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“@tomcruise I’m impressed with your guitar skills,” Bieber wrote. “But you can still grab those hands my boy.” The last part of the post was presumably about the pop star, again, hard the ‘Mission Impossible’ actor in a fight Bieber shared a black and white image of himself in a boxing ring on Instagram on January 2 with “Tom Cruise is toast” caption.
And in June 2019, Biever tweeted, “I want to challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the Octagon. Tom, if you don’t take this fight you’re scared and you’ll never live it. Who is ready to fight? @danawhite? “
I want to challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon. Tom, if you don’t take this fight you’re scared and you’ll never live it. Who is ready to fight? @danawhite ?
– Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 10, 2019
Fighting challenges aside, Bieber seemed unaware that the video of Cruise playing guitar was a deepfake. “ALL Jokes Apart @tomcruise your [sic] shred on that guitar, ”Bieber added in another story. It wasn’t until about two hours after its initial post that Bieber realized the video didn’t actually feature the famous actor – no doubt after being told by friends and fans. “Isn’t that really Tom Cruise?” Bieber wrote. “Lol, well, still hilarious.”
The video referenced by Bieber, according to the DailyDot, is from the parody account TikTok @deeptomcruise, which has racked up more than 2.9 million followers for his hyper-realistic deepfakes since his debut in February of this year. It was created by visual effects artist and deepfake creator Chris Ume. The clip in which the deepfake Cruise appears to sing and play the guitar was first posted on TikTok on August 29.
Ume said NBC News in March that he never wanted to deceive people. He said he hoped the sudden influx of attention could help raise awareness of the continuing evolution of technology. “The important thing is that at no time did we want to deceive people,” said the 31-year-old Belgian visual effects artist. “If I can help create awareness, or even work on sensing in the future, I would love to. “
Since his videos went viral on TikTok, Ume has posted a visual effects breakdown of how he created them, in an effort to help educate people on how they’re made and how well they can. be difficult to produce. “It’s not something you can do at home,” said Ume, who is part of a team of deepfake artists at Deep Voodoo, a visual effects studio brought together by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the show “South Park”.
The fans, of course, had fun. “Justin Bieber’s stories about Tom Cruise’s deepfake are killing me, he really thought it was really him,” one Twitter user wrote. Another tweet said: “Justin Bieber is just like us. Enjoying this deep fake cruise Tom. MDR.” One fan wrote: “Justin Bieber mistaking a deep Tom Cruise fake for the real Tom Cruise is the cutest thing I’ve seen today. Unfortunately, that will change in a few hours.
justin bieber ig stories on tom cruise deepfake are killing me 😭 he really thought it was really him
– 👻ãmśhî👻 (@amshinee) October 7, 2021
Justin Bieber is like us. Enjoy this deep fake cruise Tom. Lol
– ButterflyNoel🦋🌌 (@BeautifulLuvfly) October 8, 2021
Justin Bieber mistaking Tom Cruise’s deep fake for the real Tom Cruise is the cutest thing I’ve seen today.
unfortunately it will change in a few hours
– astronak (@pariyarART) October 8, 2021