Mission: Impossible Fallout's Christopher McQuarrie Has Spoken Out About Mustachegate

Henry Cavil mustachegate

The production of Justice League was a complicated thing for many reasons, but one of them was Henry Cavill's face. The beard the actor was required to keep while filming the new Mission: Impossible movie became a serious problem for Justice League during reshoots. Now, Fallout's director speaks out on the controversy. Christopher McQuarrie says that while he will speak in detail about the controversy after the movie is out, his movie did everything it could to make things work for Justice League, as long as it didn't negatively impact the movie they were making.

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It will be interesting to see if there are any details about this situation that Christopher McQuarrie can inform us of that haven't already been discussed. At the end of the day, however, the director's comments aren't too surprising. It totally sucks that Justice League got screwed by the schedule and the situation, but McQuarrie's responsibility is to his own movie. There's no reason Fallout should have to put itself at a disadvantage in order to accommodate Justice League. This was likely a case where Warner Bros. was just stuck with the best available option among a series of bad choices.

Things went more than a little pear-shaped for the Justice League production when Zack Snyder stepped down as director and Joss Whedon came in to finish the film. When that happened reshoots that were more extensive than previously planned for Justice League were scheduled. The problem was that Henry Cavill had already moved on to filming Mission: Impossible - Fallout, a role for which he had grown a full beard and mustache, which he was contractually obligated to keep until filming was finished. This led to Warner Bros. being forced to film the new Superman scenes with Cavill's facial hair, and then for those involved with the film to do their best to remove it via CGI. This method was less than successful.

A number of solutions were reportedly discussed, including Warner Bros apparently offering to pay for the CGI on Mission: Impossible - Fallout to add the mustache back in via CGI if Paramount allowed Cavill to shave. This might, theoretically, have been an easier CGI move to pull off, but there's no guarantee it wouldn't have still looked like CGI in the end.

We'll get to see the mustache that became so important when Mission: Impossible - Fallout arrives in theaters July 27.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.