The Time Tom Cruise Was So Stressed Thandie Newton Watched A Zit Grow On His Face
Sometimes stress has funny ways of manifesting itself in our daily routine. So one would think with the sort of pressure that Tom Cruise engages in during the course of a Mission: Impossible movie, even his bodily systems would find a way to make things interesting. That was recently confirmed by his Mission: Impossible 2 co-star Thandie Newton, as she told a story of a pretty pressured night of shooting that started with a simple blemish, and ended with a full blown zit.
Vulture conducted a comprehensive interview with Thandie Newton, which covered everything from her earliest acting credits, all the way down to her current role on Westworld. Mixed in with this profile of Thandie Newton’s stories of important moments throughout her resume was a story that talked about why she hasn’t appeared in the Mission: Impossible franchise since the second sequel released in 2000, and as you’ll see below, how the stressful night started out:
As Mission: Impossible was a smash success, and Mission: Impossible 2 was the first experiment in the sustainability of the legendary TV series turned film franchise, there was no shortage of pressure. With all of that pressure on the line, having a night’s worth of dialogue that both Thandie Newton and Tom Cruise felt was subpar certainly didn’t help their night of shooting on a Spanish balcony.
Playing the character Nyah Nordoff-Hall, a professional thief recruited into helping thwart the plans of her evil ex-boyfriend, Thandie Newton’s character was in a good portion of Mission: Impossible 2 alongside Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. So it was obviously key for the two to find the proper rhythm between their characters early on, and sustain that energy throughout the film’s production. All of this anxiety literally came to a head, as Newton would explain in the rest of her story:
With their chemistry balanced, and Mission: Impossible 2 going on to become a huge hit at the box office, one does have to wonder why Thandie Newton wasn’t asked back to play Nyah Nordoff-Hall in a future Mission: Impossible installment. Not only is that because Newton’s performance chops are always a joy to watch, but the mark she left on the still going strong franchise is still well regarded 20 years after.
Then again, there are two Mission: Impossible sequels currently being shot, and if Henry Czerny’s Kittridge can return from the first installment, who’s to say that Ms. Hall isn’t waiting in a post-credits cliffhanger between Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, ready to return in grand style? With nostalgia proving powerful in entertainment, crazier things have happened.
Mission: Impossible 7 starts the road to the future of the IMF on November 19, 2021, with Mission: Impossible 8 set to jump off on November 4, 2022.
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