Will CG Make Old Actresses Young Again?

More effective than Botox, less dangerous than plastic surgery, it's Hollywood's new digital makeover -- where computer graphics erase all signs of aging! No, it's not a reality yet. But if Avatar director James Cameron has his way, it could be soon.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Cameron said that the same technology used to create his stunning blue aliens would allow actors to play younger versions of themselves: "Let's say Clint Eastwood really wanted to do one last Dirty Harry movie, looking the way he did in 1975. He could absolutely do it now. And that would be cool."

Cool? That's debatable. You may have noticed that computer-generated people (for example, humans in Pixar movies) usually look kind of artificial. But Cameron finds the prospect exciting. "If we had put the same energy into creating a human as we put into creating the Na'vi," the Oscar winner said, "it would have been 100% indistinguishable from reality."

Watching famous stars step back into their younger selves certainly sounds like a fun party trick. Still, if it became common practice among film directors, would that really be a step forward for actresses? Aging women have enough trouble landing quality roles in Hollywood without Botox-ing themselves to oblivion  (*cough*Nicole Kidman*cough*). Now, just as Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Sigourney Weaver are breaking the barriers for middle-aged women, here comes a technology trend that would erase every wrinkle they've earned. And what's to stop producers from reshaping actresses' bodies via virtual plastic surgery? We may never see a realistic woman onscreen again.

As a potential fountain of youth, we hope Hollywood uses the magic of CG selectively and creatively, and not simply to transform stars into bland, flawless (possibly blue) Barbie doll versions of real, human women.

Plus: What Will Avatar 2 Be About?

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