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If you want to know how Brad Pitt’s face was grafted on a wizened CGI body in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ then there is a TED talk for that. If you want to know how mainstream Hollywood economics have imperiled these innovations — in turn affecting storytelling itself — then TED has some catching up to do.
Yesterday saw the release of one of the most compelling TED talks ever: Peter Weyland’s in the year 2023. Of course, 2023 hasn’t really happened yet, and neither has Sir Peter. But both will arrive soon enough—in June, to be precise, with the release of Ridley Scott's Prometheus. The TED talk—performed by Guy Pearce, who plays the seriously overreaching CEO of Weyland Corp. in the film—is one of those great in-fiction artifacts that make the boundary between entertainment and reality so fungible these days.
Pearce’s stentorian delivery makes him the perfect TED orator: He comes across as a sort of Richard Branson on steroids. As the camera sweeps the stage, he holds its gaze relentlessly: