Why ‘Transcendence’s’ Morgan Freeman Won’t Upload His Brain

Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp
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In WB’s sci-fi thriller “Transcendence,” Johnny Depp’s character Dr. Will Caster uploads his brain to a computer making him unstoppable. But when does technology go too far?

“I think the movie is a cautionary tale. I think the movie is saying, ‘Listen, we are on the road to this stuff but we should move cautiously,’” said Morgan Freeman at Thursday night’s premiere at Westwood’s Regency Village Theater.

When asked if he would upload his brain and live forever, Freeman had a good reason to say no. “I believe in life and death. I think that’s the only way we proceed. I don’t want to say, ‘Here’s a machine.'” he said. “You know why? No sex,” he deadpanned.

Co-star Rebecca Hall agreed that this would be a horrifying idea.

“My big concern is that the more that information is accessible and we can get everything immediately, then where is the room for imagination because I think that is something that is so human,” she said.

“Transcendence” marks cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut.

He said directing is a little more work when compared to cinematography, but plans to continue to look for more projects to direct.

“I was surprised at how much I loved working with actors and crafting their performance,” said Pfister. “It was just a wonderful, enlightening experience for me and to have a cast of this caliber there supporting me was extraordinary on my first film.”

In the film, Kate Mara plays part in an anti-technology extremist group at odds with Depp, but lines begin to blur on the morality of the subject.

“That was one of my favorite things about the film. It’s unclear who’s right, who wrong. It’s not black and white at all. And I think it’s easy to understand both sides of the story,” she said.

With technology advancing every day, some of the cast believe that this sort of artificial intelligence isn’t too far from our future.

But like Freeman said, “Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should.”

The party continued after the screening at UCLA’s Hammer Museum with guests Diane Lane, Ellen Page, Marilyn Manson, Lisa Edelstein and Lukas Haas.