Millions of people watched the videos the actor stumbled on – or wasn’t that Tom Cruise at all? The Belgian Chris Umé tells how he wants to start a debate with deep fakes.

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Simon Hurtz

He looks like Tom Cruise. He moves like Tom Cruise. And he laughs like Tom Cruise – just as shrill and manic as you know it from films with the actor. The person who plays golf on Tiktok, tells bad jokes and slips inelegantly, is not Tom Cruise. Belgian video artist Chris Umé is behind the videos, which were viewed tens of million times last week.

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