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Convincing deepfake drops Neo from ‘The Matrix’ straight into ‘Office Space’

It works better than you'd think.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published Feb 18, 2020   Updated Jan 27, 2021, 3:11 pm CST

We wouldn’t have had much of a film if Neo had chosen the Blue Pill over the Red Pill in The Matrix, but thanks to a new deepfake, we now have some semblance of what that would look like.

If Neo had actually gone back to his soulless job, he would’ve basically gone back to living in Office Space. Well, with a few added tweaks along the way.

The deepfake from Ctrl Shift Face replaces Ron Livingston’s face with Keanu Reeves, which is initially jarring, although the more you watch, the more it starts to work. But with a key phone call from Morpheus trying to get him to change his mind, some musical tweaks, and more nefarious conversations with Bill Lumbergh (now with indoor sunglasses), a dull job becomes much more dangerous. And Neo, none the wiser to the world he gave up, is confused as to why.

Then again, considering how little he’s willing to tolerate in the long run, maybe he does know something.



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*First Published: Feb 18, 2020, 10:39 am CST