In an interview with Vulture last month, Thandie Newton talked about what it was like working with Tom Cruise on Mission: Impossible 2, saying that he was very type-A, came off as a “dominant individual,” and could manifest giant zits in the span of hours. Thandie said he “tries super hard to be a nice person,” though, so it wasn’t all bad. Thandie also mentioned a moment where Tom was so frustrated with her acting, which she blamed on shitty dialogue, that he showed her how she should do the scene. The whole experience only further intimidated Thandie and pushed her into a place of “terror and insecurity.”
Thandie talked about her Tom comments, saying that she thought she would get a lot of backlash for it. But she really didn’t care because as a Black, 47-year-old actress, she expected to be put out to pasture by now anyway. Hollywood has evolved! Now they only do that when a woman turns 50.
Thandie was on Variety‘s podcast, The Big Ticket, and talked about why she got candid about working with Tom and she stands by everything she said. Thandie spoke out because she said she has “nothing to lose,” and was surprised by how much people appreciated her pulling back the curtain on Tom Cruise. via E! News:
“I was surprised by the appreciation I had got. I thought that I would be in trouble because that’s kind of what I’m used to… I am not even supposed to be viable anymore. I am a Black woman, from a conventional stereotype. A 47-year-old black woman, I shouldn’t even be able to get a role… There is such a quick turnover; people aren’t famous enough to reveal things and have people listen. Once someone pops out of their fame, people are no longer going to pay attention, they are not going to listen.”
Thandie went on to say that her HBO series, Westworld, kept her “relevant and current.” And now, as a woman of a certain age and experience, Thandie felt it was time to talk candidly about the movie industry:
“I just happen to be an older woman, who is recognized that knowing the truth and speaking the truth has benefitted me a hell of a lot than being silenced or seeing people be silenced around me. And I have nothing to lose. I have nothing to lose because I can just not get hired, which is normal for people in my generation. I would rather go out using this moment to… It’s not about my confessions, this is the reality of what people face.”
And dragging Tom was a release:
“I felt solid. That whole time… That I know that it made people frightened. Individuals were very frightened at what might happen. That was hard, it was really hard to be the cause. But how far back do you go? Because I wasn’t the cause of pain. I was recounting something that caused me pain. I wanted it to end.”
Not sure if Thandie is making some kind of sly comment regarding Tom or who, but she also did mention that:
“There is no place for casual racism. It is a symptom of systemic racism and we have to weed it out.”
Bloop! Love a person with no fucks to give and insider tea to spill! Leah Remini is no doubt frothing at the mouth for more tales of Tom’s bullshit, so hopefully, Thandie calls her personally. And hopefully, the aliens out in space heard Thandie’s podcast or read her interview. I would hate for Tom to get up there to film his new space movie and surprise them with his dom personality when he takes their spaceship hostage to complete re-shoots.