Thandie Newton was ‘so scared’ of Tom Cruise during Mission: Impossible 2 shoot

Thandie Newton has revealed she was “so scared” of Tom Cruise while making Mission: Impossible 2 because of his dominant personality. The Westworld actress opened up about playing Nyah Nordoff-Hall, a thief-turned-spy and the love interest of Cruise’s…

Thandie Newton has revealed she was “so scared” of Tom Cruise while making Mission: Impossible 2 because of his dominant personality.

The Westworld actress opened up about playing Nyah Nordoff-Hall, a thief-turned-spy and the love interest of Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt, in the 2000 film in an extensive interview with Vulture.

During the chat, she recalled how working with the action man pushed her into a place of “terror and insecurity”.

“I was so scared of Tom. He was a very dominant individual. He tries super hard to be a nice person. But the pressure. He takes on a lot. And I think he has this sense that only he can do everything as best as it can be done,” she shared.

She remembered shooting a scene set on a balcony in Spain that involved many extras and pyrotechnics and how Cruise was “not happy with what I was doing” because her lines were not well written, so he suggested they rehearse on-camera, with him doing her lines and Newton doing his.

“It was the most unhelpful… I can’t think of anything less revealing. It just pushed me further into a place of terror and insecurity. It was a real shame. And bless him. And I really do mean bless him, because he was trying his damnedest,” she continued, before describing what happened when they re-shot the scene the following week.

“The next time we shot it, I went in there and I just basically manifested all the – because I realized what he wanted. He just wanted this alpha b**ch. And I did as best as I could. It’s not the best way to get the best work out of someone,” she stated.

Newton, who noted that Cruise’s then-wife Nicole Kidman got her the role, went on to insist that he “wasn’t horrible”, just “really stressed”, while she was “so tender and sensitive” at the time.

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Mission: Impossible sequel and The Batman allowed to resume filming in U.K.

Mission: Impossible 7 and The Batman are among the big screen projects given the green light to resume filming in the U.K.The latest instalment of the spy thriller franchise, starring Tom Cruise, was due to begin a filming in the Italian city of Venice…

Mission: Impossible 7 and The Batman are among the big screen projects given the green light to resume filming in the U.K.

The latest instalment of the spy thriller franchise, starring Tom Cruise, was due to begin a filming in the Italian city of Venice when the outbreak hit Europe back in February, and was shut down.

Director Christopher McQuarrie had planned to resume filming in September, but after Cruise personally spoke with British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, it was decided that the cast and crew could avoid the required 14-day quarantine period, and begin filming as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, The Batman was mid-production at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire when it was shut down, with stars including Robert Pattinson, who is making his highly-anticipated debut as the Caped Crusader, flying back to the U.S.

At a recent press conference, Dowden announced he would be allowing filming to continue once more as they would be exempt from quarantine travel restrictions, introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19.

As part of the exemption, cast and crewmembers must abide by rules to remain in a “bubble” environment, staying in and around the production area for the duration of the shoot.

“The world’s biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain,” Dowden shared. “Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in-demand location that in turn delivers a great return for our economy.

“We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again,” he added.

Other major projects set to move into production or continue filming as a result of the ruling include Jurassic World: Dominion, Fantastic Beasts 3, and the live action Disney remakes of Cinderella and The Little Mermaid.

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Simon Pegg hoping to land role in Tom Cruise’s new space movie

Simon Pegg would be interested in starring in Tom Cruise’s upcoming space movie.Back in May, it was reported that the Hollywood action hero was working with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and experts at NASA to become the first person to shoot a …

Simon Pegg would be interested in starring in Tom Cruise’s upcoming space movie.

Back in May, it was reported that the Hollywood action hero was working with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and experts at NASA to become the first person to shoot a movie aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

And his co-star Pegg has shared that he’d love to go into space, and thinks that the best way to do it is with Cruise, as the 58-year-old is a professional when it comes to executing stunts on the Mission: Impossible movies.

“I’d love to go into space, it would be amazing! But you know, you have to also think about your family and safety and stuff,” the Hot Fuzz star told NME.com. “Tom never does anything recklessly and all of his stunts are meticulously designed, rehearsed and trained for. If he does it, it will be really safe. So, I don’t know, you never know.”

Both Cruise and Pegg are preparing to resume filming on the seventh and eighth Mission: Impossible movies after the Covid-19 pandemic shut down production, and the Shaun of the Dead star said fans can expect “a lot of fun” from director Christopher McQuarrie.

“I know the basic story of the two movies and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Pegg explained. “With me and Ving (Rhames), you know, we’ve put the hours in now so we’d hope we would get some kind of payback to give our characters their own arc, something really interesting to do and I think we have that now.”

Mission: Impossible 7 is currently due for release in November 2021.

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Simon Pegg unsure how Mission: Impossible shoot will work without Covid-19 vaccine

Simon Pegg doesn’t know how production on Mission: Impossible 7 will work in accordance with new social distancing guidelines. Back in February, cast and crew were due to begin a three-week stint in the Italian city of Venice, but production was shut …

Simon Pegg doesn’t know how production on Mission: Impossible 7 will work in accordance with new social distancing guidelines.

Back in February, cast and crew were due to begin a three-week stint in the Italian city of Venice, but production was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. First assistant director Tommy Gormley recently stated that filming will be able to resume in September, but Pegg, who plays Benji Dunn in the popular movies, doesn’t know how they’ll be able to pull off certain scenes while abiding by the new protocols.

“On The Mandalorian, the Star Wars TV show, they do it all on a sound stage, using technology that Jon Favreau pioneered when he did The Jungle Book. It’s incredible, because it really does look like on location, so I suppose there’s that way. Or we have to do testing, or wait for a vaccine…” he said to Britain’s The Observer, suggesting ways to get around it.

Pegg also believes that filming will start with the big exterior action scenes before the crew figure out how to film conversational, indoor scenes.

It was recently rumoured that leading man Tom Cruise had flown into the U.K. to build a quarantine village at a Royal Air Force (RAF) site in Oxfordshire, England, and believing the tabloid reports, the Shaun of the Dead actor text his director Christopher McQuarrie, who denied it.

Explaining the difficulties in filming the action blockbuster, Pegg said: “Everything is so huge on Mission: Impossible, it’s like marshalling an army. I love doing those big movies, because they’re fun, and because of the scale and the sheer ridiculousness of that kind of movie-making machine.”

Mission: Impossible 7 is currently due for release in November 2021.

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Simon Pegg credits Mission: Impossible for saving him from alcoholism

Simon Pegg’s family were on standby when he shot Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in case he slipped up in his recovery from alcohol.The 50-year-old has been a familiar face in the U.K. since the ’90s, but became a global star after being cast as Tom…

Simon Pegg’s family were on standby when he shot Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in case he slipped up in his recovery from alcohol.

The 50-year-old has been a familiar face in the U.K. since the ’90s, but became a global star after being cast as Tom Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt’s right-hand man Benji in 2006’s Mission: Impossible III.

Before shooting began on the fourth instalment, Ghost Protocol, Simon faced up to his alcohol problem, and attended rehab centre The Priory.

“They (production team) made sure that my family was on standby to come out if needs be,” he told The Sunday Times. “One of the problems you have as an actor sometimes is separation anxiety. You’re away from your family a lot. I’d just had a baby and the thought of being away for a long time was troubling me, so they were just really helpful in making sure I was feeling happy and comfortable.

“By that time I was in a much, much better place. That film couldn’t have come at a better time because I got in good shape and started to just have fun, working with Brad (Bird, director) and Tom. It was an adventure. We went to Prague and Dubai and Vancouver. It was part of my recovery, I think.”

Simon last played Benji in 2018’s summer smash Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is slated for another two films in the popular franchise.

He added in the chat how Tom, in particular, has been a great support for him.

“I didn’t ask who knew (about his alcoholism), but I think he did. He’s always been very supportive,” he shared.

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Simon Pegg: ‘Tom Cruise is an incredibly generous performer’

Simon Pegg loves working with the “incredibly generous” Tom Cruise.The British actor has worked with the Hollywood action hero since Mission: Impossible III back in 2006, and is set to reunite with him for the seventh and eighth instalments in the spy …

Simon Pegg loves working with the “incredibly generous” Tom Cruise.

The British actor has worked with the Hollywood action hero since Mission: Impossible III back in 2006, and is set to reunite with him for the seventh and eighth instalments in the spy thriller franchise.

The 50-year-old, who plays tech expert Benji Dunn, revealed that Cruise is so compassionate and caring towards his co-stars that it makes filming the blockbusters less nerve-wracking.

“It’s always fun. He’s an incredibly generous performer. He cares a lot about everybody else. He’s always hanging out around the monitor… after hanging off an airplane, he’s worried about me doing a fistfight which isn’t particularly scary,” Pegg told Collider.

“I like it because there’s a normal person there, there’s a regular person that people tend to never see, and he’s aware of who he is and what he’s become,” he explained, before adding that he’s always reassured when he’s starring alongside Cruise.

“I’ve always had a good experience with Tom. You know you’re working on something which is going to be executed with 100 per cent committed enthusiasm. It’s nice to have that as the standard,” he shared.

While filming was shut down on the Christopher McQuarrie-directed sequels earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pegg managed to meet some of the newcomers to the Mission: Impossible saga, such as Hayley Atwell.

“I felt like an old veteran. I’m four movies in… it was funny to be the old hand,” Pegg laughed. “I felt like Ving (Rhames) must have felt when I met him on number three. Now he’s six in.”

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Mission: Impossible 7 set to resume filming in September

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 is set to resume filming in September.The 57-year-old actor is reprising his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming sequels, alongside Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and franchise newcom…

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 is set to resume filming in September.

The 57-year-old actor is reprising his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming sequels, alongside Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and franchise newcomers Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff.

Back in February, the cast and crew were due to begin a three-week stint in the Italian city of Venice, but production was shut down by studio executives at Paramount Pictures as Italian government officials imposed a strict lockdown in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Now, first assistant director Tommy Gormley has confirmed that filming can get underway in just over three months and still be on schedule for the movie’s November 2021 release date.

“We hope to start shooting again in September. We were days from shooting in Venice – we were right at the epicentre when it all kicked off – so we had to shut down in Venice where we were four or five days from shooting,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, following the publication of the British Film Commission’s new safety guidelines titled: “Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-End TV Drama Production”.

“We hope to restart in September, we hope to visit all the countries we planned to and look to do a big chunk of it back in the U.K. on the backlot and in the studio, so September through to end April/May is our targets. We are convinced we can do this,” Gormley explained.

The seventh instalment was scheduled to be released in July 2021, but was pushed back to November 2021 in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. It is being filmed back-to-back with the eighth instalment.

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NASA officials determined to make Tom Cruise space movie happen

Officials at NASA are doing everything they can to ensure Tom Cruise’s new space movie will happen.News broke earlier this month that the Hollywood movie star would be heading into new intergalactic heights by teaming up with Elon Musk’s aerospace comp…

Officials at NASA are doing everything they can to ensure Tom Cruise’s new space movie will happen.

News broke earlier this month that the Hollywood movie star would be heading into new intergalactic heights by teaming up with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and experts at NASA to become the first person to shoot a movie aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

According to editors at Deadline, Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman is helming the as-yet-untitled project, and while plot details are firmly under wraps, NASA administrator James Bridenstine is adamant his team is working hard to get the project underway.

“People ask me about Tom Cruise all the time now,” he said at the delayed SpaceX rocket launch in Florida on Wednesday. “The answer is yes, we would love for Tom Cruise to fly to the International Space Station and make a movie. I’m all for that.

“We’re going to do what we can to make that happen,” Bridenstine added, noting that he was inspired to become a Navy pilot after watching Cruise in the 1986 classic, Top Gun.

“There was a day when I was in elementary school and I saw Top Gun. From that day, I knew I was going to be a Navy pilot. It’s just the way it was. If we can get Tom Cruise to inspire an elementary kid to join the Navy and be a pilot, why can’t we get Tom Cruise to inspire the next Elon Musk?” he asked. “It’s all about the next generation.”

In addition to directing, Liman is also writing the first draft of the screenplay and will produce alongside Cruise.

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Doug Liman to direct Tom Cruise’s space movie

Doug Liman is to direct Tom Cruise in a movie filmed in space. Earlier this month, it was reported that the Mission: Impossible actor was teaming up with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and officials at America’s National Aeronautics and Space Ad…

Doug Liman is to direct Tom Cruise in a movie filmed in space.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Mission: Impossible actor was teaming up with Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX and officials at America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to make the first-ever feature film to be shot in outer space, and the news was swiftly confirmed by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who revealed it would be filmed on the International Space Station (ISS).

Now, editors at Deadline have revealed that Cruise came up with the idea with his frequent collaborator Liman, who has directed the actor in Edge of Tomorrow and American Made. In addition to directing, Liman is also writing the first draft of the screenplay and will produce alongside Cruise.

However, back in 2018, The Terminator director James Cameron revealed to Empire magazine that he discussed making a movie on the ISS with Cruise many years ago.

“I actually talked to (Cruise) about doing a space film in space, about 15 years ago,” he said. “I said, ‘Tom, you and I, we’ll get two seats on the Soyuz (spacecraft), but somebody’s gotta train us as engineers.’ Tom said, ‘No problem, I’ll train as an engineer.’ We had some ideas for the story, but it was still conceptual.”

Liman and Cruise, who are both pilots, have work on other projects to complete before focusing on the space movie. Liman, who has also directed Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Bourne Identity, is currently in post-production on Chaos Walking, starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, while Cruise is to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt for two more Mission: Impossible movies, which were due to begin filming before the coronavirus caused the production to shut down. He will also be heading out on a promotional tour for Top Gun: Maverick, which was pushed from summer to December due to the health crisis.

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Nicholas Hoult drops out of Mission: Impossible 7

Nicholas Hoult will no longer appear in Mission: Impossible 7.According to editors at Variety, the British actor had to depart from the upcoming action spy movie, which is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie, due to a scheduling conflict. Productio…

Nicholas Hoult will no longer appear in Mission: Impossible 7.

According to editors at Variety, the British actor had to depart from the upcoming action spy movie, which is being directed by Christopher McQuarrie, due to a scheduling conflict.

Production on the film was halted abruptly in March due to the onset of the coronavirus crisis, and with social distancing measures still in place, it is yet to be determined when filming will resume.

It is understood Hoult is already bound to prior obligations on the second season of Hulu comedy The Great.

And following the recent announcement that Esai Morales has signed on to appear in the Mission: Impossible flicks, it is now expected he will take up the 30-year-old’s part.

Although Paramount producers never disclosed the name of Hoult’s intended character, rumours suggested he had been cast as the film’s villain.

Morales is known for playing Jorge Castillo on TV show How to Get Away with Murder and for his appearances in Netflix series Ozark and PBS drama American Family.

Mission: Impossible 7 will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as spy Ethan Hunt, with franchise regulars Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby also set to return. Newcomers Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, and Shea Whigham are fresh to join the cast.

In reaction to the production delay, Paramount bosses have already pushed back the release date of the movie, which is now slated for 19 November 2021. A planned follow up, Mission Impossible: 8, has also been postponed, and will now hit theatres in November 2022.

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