Actor Jim Meskimen Impersonates 20 Celebrities with Incredible Deepfaked Poetry Reading

Deepfake Celebrity Impressions Poem by Jim Meskimen

Being able to accurately impersonate celebrities by voice alone is already impressive, but American comedian and actor Jim Meskimen takes it to the next level by adding deepfake technology into the mix. The talented actor recently uploaded a video to YouTube, where he’s captured reciting his poem, Pity the Poor Impressionist, in 20 celebrity voices. With the help of deepfake artist SHAM00K, Meskimen not only sounds just like each personality, but he looks like them too!

As Meskimen changes from one voice to another, his face morphs to mimic that of each of the celebrities. From John Malkovich to Nicholas Cage, each flawless impression appears as though the real celebrity is standing in front of the camera. The incredible video was made from 1,200 hours of footage, 300,000 images, and took 250 hours and 1 terabyte of data to create. The end result is both eerie and mesmerizing, but one thing’s for sure—it’s amazing what today's technology can do!

Watch Meskimen’s mind-bending deepfaked celebrity impressions below.

Impressionist Jim Meskimen uses deepfake technology to morph into the celebrities he’s voicing while reciting his poem, “Pity the Poor Impressionist.”

Here's a behind the scenes look at how the video was created.

Jim Meskimen: Twitter | YouTube
h/t: [TwistedSifter]

All images via Jim Meskimen.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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