Rebecca Hall stars in the new science fiction movie "Transcendence," a movie that shows what she says isn't too far off from what reality could be.
In the film, in theaters on April 18, Hall plays Evelyn Caster, a scientist who is married to Johnny Depp's character, Dr. Will Caster. The movie centers around Will's desire to create an artificial intelligence machine that can take on a life of its own. Will's mind is eventually downloaded onto a computer after he is shot and his ultimate goal is realized.
"Transcendence" also stars the likes of Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara of "House of Cards" and Cillian Murphy.
Hall recently spoke with OTRC.com about her role in the movie, the complex science jargon she had to learn for her character and how she thinks humans and machines will eventually integrate.
Watch VIDEOS of Rebecca Hall's sit-down and premiere interview above, and check out a trailer and a clip from the movie below.
1. On the challenge of computer science lingo ...
"Yeah no, it does not roll of the tongue. It's one of the silliest aspects of my job is kind of, you know, trying to look professional, to look like someone's who's spent their whole life doing something very complicated. It's always a bit of a challenge there and especially when the jargon is quite heady, but no it was okay.
So much of the character I was playing, she's incredibly smart and does push the story because she does make the decision to do this thing and fast track all this research and make it real and she makes it work, but she's also driven completely and utterly emotionally. She doesn't stop to think about the moral concern and that's when the movie takes off.
2. On the film being a conversation starter ...
"That's one of the fascinating things about this film and I think the reason why it throws up so many questions and talking points and debates is because there's no obvious right or wrong answer and there's no obvious bad guy. There's no framework that you can latch onto and then dismiss because everything's kind of murky."
"As it is, the film as asking very pertinent questions about things that are very real and pressing, ethical, moral concerns. How far do we push technology? How far do we integrate with machines before we lose what makes us human? Equally, what is the natural evolution of the human species? Is it that we're just evolving toward machines, in which case then that is human?"
3. Hall says everyone thinks humans will integrate with machines eventually.
"There's not a single person that disagrees with the fact that it's going to happen. Everybody thinks it's gonna happen. The only thing they disagree about is when. Some are 30, some are 50 years, some are 100 years, some people say, you know, the biggest changes we are gonna see are in the next 20 years. The majority of people say that, I don't wanna scare anyone but it's true. And that's a lot to take on when you think you're just doing a Hollywood science fiction movie and that you realize it's frighteningly science fact."
Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).