On Saturday, representatives for Willis told BBC News that the actor had “no partnership or agreement” with the Russian company Deepcake to create a digital copy of himself using machine learning technology, with Deepcake itself confirming that no deal was in place. The supposed deal was first reported by The Daily Mail on Sep. 27.
“Bruce couldn’t sell anyone any rights, they are his by default,” a spokesperson for Deepcake said.
Bruce Willis to Step Away From Acting After Diagnosis of Cognitive Brain Disorder Aphasia
Willis announced his retirement from acting this past March after being diagnosed with aphasia, a brain disorder that progressively damages one’s ability to communicate through speech and writing.