Are our ‘smartphone faces’ becoming more modern?
When you think of historical genre films, actors heavily featured in period dramas such as Keira Knightley or Cillian Murphy often come to mind. But sometimes we see actors who don’t seem to align with the roles they have been cast in. Viewers of historical genre films have brought to light the mismatch of some actors playing period roles because their faces “appear too modern” (for example, Timothée Chalamet as King Henry V, or Dakota Johnson in the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion). The internet has deemed these actors as having ‘smartphone faces’. Could this be our ‘real-life’ context of knowing what an iPhone is? Or does this suggest that our faces no longer look like those from previous decades? Dr. Paul Mason from the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University spoke with Jono on Drive to explain.