I watched Simone
on DVD tonight. It features Al Pacino as Viktor Taransky, a producer who saves his movie and career by casting a virtual actress called Simone. Simone becomes a worldwide celebrity, and Taransky tries to keep up the illusion. The movie is fairly enjoyable; despite a baffling, unsatisfying ending that nearly undermines the whole affair, it presents some interesting ideas about celebrity worship and choosing delusion over reality.