Amagansett’s Scarlett Johansson may have defeated an evil artificial intelligence in Avengers: Age of Ultron and played a compassionate operating system in Her, but real life proved stranger than fiction on April 1 when Hong Kong-based graphic designer Ricky Ma unveiled the Mark 1—a life-sized robot prototype clearly modeled after Johansson.
No, this is not an April Fool’s joke.
The 42-year-old Ma spent $50,000 on the Mark 1, which was developed and built over 18 months. The robot is made of a 3D-printed skeleton and silicone skin wrapping its various electronic and mechanical parts. While the Mark 1 looks identical to Johansson, Ma will not say where he got the inspiration for the look. Ma explained his lifelong love of robots and desire to build one of his own to Reuters, saying “If I realise my dream, I will have no regrets in life.” The Mark 1 can move its arms and legs, as well as respond to certain voice commands. If Ma says, “Mark 1, you are so beautiful,” it responds with a creepily obedient bow and says, “Hehe, thank you.” The strange creation can also wink. Johansson hasn’t commented on the robot’s resemblance to her.
For anyone who doesn’t have access to a $50,000 lookalike, Johansson can be seen and heard in several upcoming movies. She voices python Kaa in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, opening on April 15. On May 6, Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War. In December, Johansson will lend her voice to the computer-animated musical comedy Sing, and in early 2017 will star in Ghost in the Shell.
Check out the Daily Mirror’s video of the Mark 1 below.