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Thandie Newton opens up her experiences in Hollywood.
During an interview with Vulture, which was published on Tuesday, the English actress, 47, talked about a meeting she had with Amy Pascal, a film producer and former co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, as well as her frustrating experience working with Tom Cruise on “Mission”: Impossible 2. “
“I had a meeting with (Pascal), and she said, ‘Look, I don’t mean to be politically incorrect, but the character as written and you play the role. I just feel we have to make sure it’s credible.’ “What do you mean? What changes would you need to make? “” Newton said of Pascal. “She’s like, ‘Well, you know, the character, as it’s been written, she’s gone to university and educated.’ “
She continued, “I am,” I went to university. I went to Cambridge. “She went, ‘Yeah, but you’re different.’ She’s like, ‘Maybe there might be a scene where you’re in a bar and she gets up on a table and starts shaking off her booty.’ She’s basically discouraging. with these stereotypes about how to be more convincing as a black character. “
Newton says she rejected everything that Pascal suggested.
In a statement to the outlet, Pascal said she was “terrified to hear” Newton’s description of the meeting.
“While I take her words seriously, I have no recollection of the events she describes, nor any of her representatives who were present at that casting session,” Pascal’s statement continued. “I have long considered Thandie as a friend; I am grateful to have had the chance to make films with her; and I hope to work with her again in the future. “
USA TODAY has reached Pascal’s rope for comment.
In 2015, Pascal left Sony Pictures after an email hack revealed inappropriate messages, including racist jokes about President Barack Obama’s taste in movies.
“The content of my emails was insensitive and inappropriate but is not a true reflection of who I am,” she said in a statement to CNN at the time. “Although this was a private communication stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to all who were offended.”
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Newton also opened up about her experience working with Cruise on “Mission: Impossible 2” and why she was “so scared” of the action star.
“He was a very dominant individual,” said Newton, who noted that she was not asked to join any of the series’ other sequels. “He tries super hard to be a nice person. But the pressure. He takes on a lot. And I think he has this feeling that only he can do everything as well as it can be done.”
Newton then recalled an experience she had while filming a scene with Cruise on a balcony. According to Newton, Cruise was “not happy” with what she was doing in the scene, which she said was “not very well written.”
Eventually, Cruise became “so frustrated” that he asked him to repeat her lines and she read his lines, Newton said.
“That was the most helpful thing,” Newton said of the experience. “I can’t think of anything less revealing. It just drove me further into a place of fear and insecurity. It was a real shame. And bless him. And I really mean to bless him, because he tried his damnedest.”
The next time they shot the scene, Newton took a different approach with his performance.
“I realized what he wanted,” continued Newton. “He just wanted this alpha (expletive). And I did as best I could. It’s not the best way to get the best job with anyone.”
USA TODAY has reached Cruise’s rope for comment.
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