Sean Penn says studio execs who won't agree to AI protections for actors should let him and his friends 'do whatever we want' with their daughters' likenesses

  • In a new Variety interview, Sean Penn proposed a way to end the current strike in Hollywood.

  • He wants studio heads to let him make AI versions of their daughters so he can "invite my friends over to do whatever we want" with them.

  • "This is a real exposé on morality — a lack of morality," he said of the AI issue.

Amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike in Hollywood, Sean Penn expressed his anger over studios' desire to use actors' likenesses and voices for future AI use. In response, Penn proposed a disturbing resolution.

In a new cover story for Variety released Wednesday, Penn laid out his hypothetical negotiation to reporter Stephen Rodrick.

The scenario begins with Penn and a camera crew meeting in a room with studio executives. He would then pitch them the following: "So you want my scans and voice data and all that. OK, here's what I think is fair: I want your daughter's, because I want to create a virtual replica of her and invite my friends over to do whatever we want in a virtual party right now. Would you please look at the camera and tell me you think that's cool?"

Sean Penn in a dark jacket and shirt
Sean Penn at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival.Sonia Recchia/Getty

"It's not about business," continued Penn, who is currently promoting his documentary "Superpower," about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, on the festival circuit. "It's an indecent proposal. That they would do that and not be taken to task for it is insulting. This is a real exposé on morality — a lack of morality."

Netflix and Disney have already begun taking steps to invest in AI jobs.

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