Alexandre Astier gives his opinion on AI, and it’s not going to please everyone

The words of Alexandre Astier about artificial intelligence may displease many readers… The creator of the iconic series Kaamelott has recently gave his opinion on the arrival of algorithms in the literary conception of films and series. He who did not hesitate to create a robot to help him write the second part of the film adaptation of his burlesque work on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is now going even further. We explain to you.

A hot topic

The subject is hot. Currently impacted by a major social movement, the American film and television industry bears the brunt of the strike of thousands of screenwriters. This is the second time in fifteen years that Hollywood is going through such a crisis. The authors’ protests are partly motivated by the fear of being replaced by artificial intelligences like ChatGPT. The website Above the line details in particular that several studios are in the process of “consider using AI to generate scenarios based on books or other works that have fallen into the public domain.” You can also read that “almost all studios are exploring this possibility”which could be “officially developed in the coming months or years”. Scripts generated by artificial intelligence which would then be edited by real screenwriters (humans).


Recently interviewed by our colleagues from HuffPost, Alexandre Astier, to whom we owe Kaamelott, of course, but also Asterix – The Secret of the Magic Potion, explained his opinion on AI. At 48, the French actor, screenwriter and director has done well in front of and behind the cameras. He does not see the arrival of this technology only with a negative eye, emphasizing its encyclopedic advantages :

As far as my job is concerned, I find to begin with that the AI ​​says a lot of nonsense. If we talk about ChatGPT, he contradicts himself, puts forward things like truths and then comes back to it once we have explained to him that it was false. He will answer you Ah yes sorry, I was wrong and correct himself. But if we question him fifteen times in a row, we can arrive at fifteen ” sorry, I was wrong “. And it is logical since it is nourished by true things, but also by false ones. If it was a real conversation, we would very quickly stop talking with a person like that. For now, ChatGPT still has great talents, and in particular this fixed and fixed erudition. He is relatively encyclopaedic, as long as we don’t look only at his place. For example, it is still less good than the dictionary of the French Academy or the Grevisse on grammar.


As for the question of whether artificial intelligence is a threat to authors, Alexandre Astier considers that its arrival in the landscape of artistic creation should serve to rethink what a screenwriter is.

I think that’s exactly what we needed to ask ourselves what a screenwriter is. Considering it’s a guy or a bunch of people coming together to deliver what a channel or platform asks for, so yes, the screenwriter is replaceable. But if we say to ourselves that he is an author, with a language, a verb, a style, a way, a craft, and that we respect this author’s faults, the fact that he writes with a tearing, a suffering, let him show us what he has in his stomach, then the author becomes resolutely inimitable. Moreover, if a producer or a studio disputes these errors with an author, it is necessary to have the courage to keep them: one does not risk anything if one does his trade fully.

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The fruit of an author, whether a text or a script, must contain everything from what the author is. Because creation is a human act. Moreover, an author cannot even be corrected by another author, who would know nothing of the suffering, of the tearing, at the origin of creation. So faced with this surge of potential employers looking to create an offer, what is an author? What is an author who is part of a pool authors? What is an artistic gesture? AI forces us to ask ourselves these questions.

And you, what do you think of the words of Alexandre Astier, for whom AI and ChatGPT do not fundamentally threaten artistic creation?

By Melanie

Hello, this is Melanie. I have been writing articles at Hitek since August 2022. Graduated with a Master’s degree in Cinema (of which I still have a memory on Pirates of the Caribbean), I am passionate about films and comics (the X-Men of the 90’s, Jim Starlin, Crisis on Infinite Earths).

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