YouTuber Subs In Nicolas Cage For Joe Exotic In Tiger King Deepfake
Anyone au fait with the internet will know about deepfakes - images or video content that have been doctored to include someone else's likeness.
And any self-respecting internet user will, of course, also be well aware of a little-known phenomenon known as Tiger King, the showbiz alias of big cat lover Joe Exotic, who recently became a household name after Netflix aired seven-part docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness earlier this year.
Combine the two and throw in a little Nicolas Cage for good measure - because... well, you know - and we have ourselves a peak online product for 2020.
"After Netflix's Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, we now get to see Nicolas Cage as Joe Exotic," the YouTube video description reads.
"The new mini-series will be based on the Texas Monthly article 'Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild'."
YouTubers seemed pretty impressed with the work, with one commenting: "Awesome, totally awesome."
Someone else wrote: "Okay. So I'm blown away. Now, who are you and did you do this?"
Implying that Cage leaves something to be desired in the art of acting, another joked: "Nicholas Cage won't be this good."
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The original documentary follows gun-toting, polygamist zoo owner Joe Exotic and his various industry rivals - a story that unfurls over the course of seven episodes into everything from drug kingpins and conmen through to cult leaders and murder-for-hire plots.
While we've all been watching on in sheer bemusement, co-director Eric Goode has revealed the project had much humbler beginnings, having originally set out to make a film about the illegal reptile trade when he 'stumbled' on the story of Joe Exotic.
Speaking to LADbible earlier this year, Goode said: "I started out trying to film this sort of underground world of reptile dealing.
"Someone drove up one day with a snow leopard, and I was just shocked that you could just buy a snow leopard. And that took me into the world of big cat ownership in America, and all these roadside zoos."
It was at this point that Goode came across the man who would become the new star of his show.
"It was very clear that Joe was a poster child, if you will, of the cat people - and PETA and Carole Baskin and the Humane Society were all basically trying to put Joe out of business," he said.
"Although Joe was one of the most flagrant tiger breeders, it was completely a surprise that Joe would ultimately - allegedly - try to kill Carole Baskin.
"That we just stumbled upon that. So of course the story took off and turned into something very different than what we had ever imagined."
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