Saturday, May 18, 2024

“Andy Warhol Diaries” Doc Controversy: Uses A.I. to Recreate Artist’s Voice for Fake Narration


Producer Ryan Murphy was certainly on a roll with shows like “Glee,” and “Feud” and “American Horror Story.”

But his Monica Lewinsky mini series was kind of a dud. It just seemed to go on and on to no point.

Now Murphy returns to Netflix with a promising Andy Warhol documentary. Andrew Rossi directed the six part series that begins March 9th. I will be watching keenly.

The doc, “Andy Warhol Diaries,” courts controversy. Rossi has used artificial intelligence to re-create Warhol’s voice so that the artist — dead since 1987 — offers dialogue he never said.

Pat Hackett published the Diaries after Andy died. There was no audio book. So the filmmakers have made their own.

What the heck? This is verboten in the documentary world. And I don’t know why it was considered necessary. Very weird and alarming.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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