The Dark Knight's Eric Roberts considers himself a 'showbiz prostitute'

While the rest of Hollywood strikes against artificial intelligence.

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Eric Roberts at the premiere of Netflix's vampire movie Day Shift. (Michael Buckner/Variety via Getty Images)

Eric Roberts has described himself as a "showbusiness prostitute" as the battle for performer autonomy rages across Hollywood.

In case you hadn't heard, the unions of both the Writers' Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) have spent much of this summer on strike, with pay increases and artificial intelligence on the agenda.

Arguably the loudest campaign is to cancel contract stipulations that the latter allow their likeliness to be used in perpetuity via AI technology.

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During an interview with Metro, The Dark Knight star Roberts suggested he'd be following in the shoes of Bruce Willis, who is now retired after being diagnosed with dementia, and became the first A-lister to sell off his image and vocal rights to the groundbreaking firm Deepcake.

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Bruce Willis has sold his perpetual image rights to a tech firm. (Blue Box International/Sweet Unknown South/Hood River Entertainment/Future)

"That is so cool with Bruce because think about [him] losing his fiscal abilities right now with his illness, that is so cool that he can preserve that and we don't have to watch him deteriorate," Roberts noted.

"We get to watch him be Bruce and so that is AI used at its obvious best, so that's cool."

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The 67-year-old, who is the older brother of Julia Roberts and father to American Horror Story's Emma Roberts, went on to ponder: "Would I sell myself? I am a showbusiness prostitute, I think the answer is yes.

"But I don't know. I'd have to talk to a lawyer and find out what it means, what it is, how long it lasts and what it entails. It's way over my head. I just know that it's coming like a speeding train."

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