He is such a brilliant actor. I was actually discussing a big project with James that was very close to happening while working on this script. When that second film ended, I couldn’t escape the feeling that she would be so great in this role. There is something about James; He has such great humility, such an easy ability to command the stage. His temperament, because of his personality, has captured him a lot, and he has a great self-portraiture humor. Also, I loved seeing these great actors, who are not always at the center of things, playing these kinds of roles.
When Adam confronts his clone, he realizes that his wife knew him better than him. The clone is more that Adam is darker, wished he could be. It was sadly funny.
None of us, I think, know truthfully who we would be, if by some magic someone gave you the option to be all that you can be. Many of us do not even have the ability to imagine ourselves as such, because we live inside ourselves. Often it is the people who are closest to us who can see and understand us more objectively. Yet one major tragedy of these relationship collapses is that we are not able to communicate to each other, on the positive side, about the things that brought us together to begin. So I knew that Reena knew better than she would get her happiness, but I also knew that there was no way in the real world to ever help her get to that place.
In many ways, the film is quite topical. The sun is not poisoned by fat, but we are in the midst of an epidemic and we are going to connect with each other in the virtual realm.
During the lockdown, I had the opportunity to attend some big zoom meetings, where suddenly I was talking to 30 people. On one hand, you tell yourself, well, I’m actually interacting with people right now. Some people will tell you that they have talked more with their families [during the pandemic] Than they did before.
But for the first time, when [social distancing measures] Relaxing a little, we went to a small birthday gathering, and everyone present there said they didn’t realize how much they missed being in the presence of other people. So there is obviously a huge difference. I think the sense of touch is something that is very important to humans; It is necessary for our existence. For me, the scary part is the idea that we are losing the ability to interact with the world the way we wanted to do biologically.
The film explores this notion of the black side of the upgrade — viewing people as obsolete technology. While the clones are considered superior to the original humans, there is a virtual chip waiting in the wings that will one day also make the clones obsolete.
I loved that the clone itself Aware From the fact that he is just a transitional upgrade. This may not be the end result, because the moment you start taking it all digital, there is no reason for biology to exist anymore. This is a big question for me. Of course, there are far more successful people than people walking around with me, if we all currently exist in some computer simulation. The film talks about it from a biological point of view. Maybe I believe what I would like is an admission on my part. This is the moment where [Adam’s AI lover] Maria [talks about] The fact that we can all be cells of one big body. If you could move it into the digital realm, it would be equivalent to an existence that is 100 percent virtual. Everything, all the data that we interpret, even with our sense of touch, eventually turns into electrical impulses. So maybe it is possible.