Thandie Newton says she was 'scared of Tom Cruise' on 'Mission: Impossible 2'

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Thandie Newton has revealed that she was 'scared' of Tom Cruise while making Mission: Impossible 2, and was not invited back for a second movie.

The Westworld star played pro-thief Nyah Nordoff-Hall in the movie, recruited by Cruise's Ethan Hunt to avert a pandemic instigated by Dougray Scott's villain Sean Ambrose.

However, the movie, directed by Hong Kong action icon John Woo, was a 'nightmare' experience for Newton, notably one scene shot in Spain.

Mission: Impossible 2 (Credit: Paramount)
Mission: Impossible 2 (Credit: Paramount)

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“I was so scared of Tom,” she told Vulture. “He was a very dominant individual. 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.”

Newton explains that the scene – for which she hated the lines – was not going well, with Cruise getting more and more frustrated, eventually insisting they rehearse the scene on camera, but switch around their roles.

PHOTOCALL: FILM 'MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II' IN PARIS (Photo by Eric Robert/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
John Woo, Tom Cruise, Thandie Newton and Dougray Scott in a photocall for Mission: Impossible 2 (Credit: Eric Robert/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)

Woo, meanwhile, who did not speak English, watched the scene on monitors in a separate room a floor below them.

“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 added.

But the tension of the situation emerged in a particularly unusual way, Newton goes on to say.

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“I remember at the beginning of the night, seeing this slight red mark on his nose, and by the end of the night, I kid you not — this is how his metabolism is so fierce — he had a big whitehead where that red dot was,” she say.

“It would take anyone else 48 hours to manifest a zit. I saw it growing, and it was like the zit was me, just getting bigger and bigger.”

She adds that Cruise 'wasn’t horrible... it was just — he was really stressed. I had the most extraordinary time'.

You can check out the full interview here...

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