One in every of immediately’s must-reads is Vulture’s new interview with Thandie Newton, the veteran actress who’s at present the most effective components of HBO’s Westworld. The English performer’s loved various highs in her lengthy profession, however she’s additionally been compelled to reckon with ingrained cultures of racism and sexism from an early age—her tales about Flirting director John Duigan are notably harrowing. She’s additionally acquired lots to say about Paul Haggis’ Crash and crime drama Rogue, however one notably fascinating anecdote issues her”nightmare” expertise engaged on John Woo’s Mission: Inconceivable 2.
Newton isn’t as essential of Cruise as she is a few of her different former collaborators, however, as typically occurs in Cruise tales, the actor comes throughout as extra of a being than a human in her telling.
“I was so scared of Tom. He was a very dominant individual,” she says. “He tries superhard 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 goes on to explain a irritating night time shoot filled with extras and pyrotechnics and, per Newton, a zit on Cruise’s face that was ballooning earlier than her very eyes. That, coupled with Woo’s resolution to not communicate English on set—“[V]ery helpful to him, but it was extremely unhelpful to the rest of us,” she notes—brought about a testy Tom to slightly forcefully take issues into his personal fingers.
“So this scene was happening, and Tom was not happy with what I was doing because I had the shittiest lines,” she says. “And he gets so frustrated with having to try and explain that he goes, ‘Let me just — let’s just go do it. Let’s just rehearse on-camera.’ So we rehearsed and they recorded it, and then he goes, ‘I’ll be you. You be me.’ So we filmed the entire scene with me being him—because, believe me, I knew the lines by then—and him playing me. And 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.”
After describing the “nightmare” shoot to her pal Jonathan Demme in a while, she acquired a name from Cruise. “I thought, Oh, this is it. The apology. No, he was just like, ‘We’re going to reshoot this next week.’ I’m like, ‘Way brilliant.’ And 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 bitch. And I did as best as I could. It’s not the best way to get the best work out of someone.”
Newton clarifies that Cruise “wasn’t horrible,” however slightly “really stressed.” He even gave her a Christmas current, although not one anybody of their proper thoughts would need. “Christmas gifts would be something to do with Scientology,” she recollects. “Like a book with the greatest hits of Scientology, a bit like a Bible kind of thing. I was curious, because it’s like, Wow, if it’s going to attract people, powerful, high-profile people, there’s got to be some glue that sticks this shit together. Didn’t find any.”
Learn the complete interview right here.