If striking Hollywood actors and screenwriters lose the battle to control artificial intelligence, the movie industry “will only be the first to fall,” American actor Peter Sarsgaard warned as he received the award. interpretation in Venice. "If we lose this battle, our industry will only be the first of many to fall," said the actor when he received his award for Memory by Michel Franco. Medicine or the conduct of war could in turn be entrusted to artificial intelligence, which “opens the way to atrocities”, he added.
Regarding the strike in Hollywood, which he supports, "all issues of fair compensation are important", but the use of artificial intelligence is a "terrifying" prospect, said the actor. "It sounds like science fiction, but we can all agree that an actor and a screenwriter are people," he added, emphasizing "the sacred experience of being human."
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Peter Sarsgaard was awarded the prize for best actor at the Venice Film Festival for his role as a man with dementia, marked by memory loss in the film Memory by Michel Franco. The 52-year-old actor plays alongside American star Jessica Chastain in the film written and directed by the Mexican filmmaker. This moving film seeks to show how patients with dementia can still continue to live a full life, including romantic relationships, while asking the difficult question of their ability to make decisions. The actor also spoke with patients and nursing staff to prepare for his role. “A lot of times in movies you see dementia at its ultimate stage and it paralyzes us with fear, and I really didn't want to show that,” he said.
Peter Sarsgaard, who is also the husband of actress and director Maggie Gyllenhaal with whom he had two children, himself recently lost an uncle to a brain disease. Born on March 7, 1971, the actor saw his career blossom with the role of a rapist in Boys don't cry. He went on to star in a series of eclectic roles, including blockbusters like The Batman and Night and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. He also appears in independent films and has worked alongside top directors such as Sam Mendes (Jarhead) and Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine). He also starred in his wife's film The Lost Daughter, which won Best Screenplay at Venice in 2021.