Renner spilled the beans to Playboy magazine. Though he said Rogue Nation is just like any other Mission: Impossible movie — meaning, there are lots of cool action sequences and set pieces — the fact that he didn’t know what the heck was going on more than half of the time was incredibly frustrating from an artist’s perspective. He said,
There have been four successful versions before this one, so why would I fight the process? I just went and gave to the best of my ability in the scenario I was in. Now, was it the best scenario for me? The best at what I’m good at? Fuck, no. Not having any information about what the heck is going on doesn’t empower any artists to be at the best of their ability. I trusted Tom Cruise, [director] Chris McQuarrie and the studio, and I went with it.
Does this situation sound familiar? It actually sounds a lot like the production protocols implemented for some of the Marvel movies and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some of the actors, like Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman from Heroes Reborn), were only given portions of the script for Star Wars, just enough for them to know what scenes they were in. In a similar turn, Anthony Mackie didn’t even know he was in Avengers: Age of Ultron until the movie posters came out and the credits listed his name. In these cases, the non-disclosure is to preserve the stories’ secrets as much as possible. Actors — and even Marvel executives, as we’ve recently seen with Kevin Feige slipping the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 title — can let things slip early on. However, in the case of Rogue Nation and looking in from an outsider’s standpoint, it seems counterproductive for this situation to occur.