This week’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” has already been scoring rave reviews from critics as being one of the best films of the Summer if not the year so far, and certainly is a film filled with a deeper and more twist-filled narrative than any of the previous entries in the series.
Like any film though, some scenes just didn’t make the final theatrical cut with some of the supporting characters losing some key moments. In a recent interview in New York City with Slashfilm, the film’s writer/director Christopher McQuarrie spoke of a lengthy ten-minute sequence cut out from the middle of the film (just after the Morocco car chase).
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It’s a sequence that deals with Simon Pegg and Alec Baldwin’s characters, along with the series’ signature high-tech latex masks which Benji (Simon Pegg) finally gets to wear. McQuarrie goes in-depth describing what happens in it:
“In the ten-minute chunk of the movie that we cut out, [Benji got to wear a mask]. And he shows up very unexpectedly. It was really richly rewarding. He showed up as Alec Baldwin [playing CIA chief Alan Hunley, who wants to disband the IMF]. And it was this really fun moment, and he pulls off an Alec Baldwin mask as Benji, and you’re like, ‘F–k!’ And that’s how they escaped from Alec Baldwin.
And you cut back to the embassy and you see Alec and everybody come out of the embassy and leave, and then you see Alec Baldwin come out of the embassy alone, and you’re like, ‘Did I just miss a reel or what’s happening?’ Alec Baldwin realizes it before you do, and you cut back to the car and Benji pulls off the Alec Baldwin mask and then reaches under his sleeve and pulls this tab and his Alec Baldwin bodysuit deflates, cause he’s so much bigger than Simon.
[The performance] is Alec Baldwin at his absolute finest. He’s so good in this scene. It’s Alec taking a monologue and just chewing it with his back teeth and just loving every minute of it. He has great zingers, and it’s Tom Cruise just being torn apart by Alec Baldwin. And Tom – I said, ‘I’m sorry, does this feel weird, that you don’t have anything to do in this scene?’ And Tom goes, ‘I got a front-row seat, man. This is like the greatest.’ He’s just sitting there in handcuffs with Alec Baldwin just destroying him.”
Though the scene sounds great, McQuarrie says it threw off the pacing and made the already complicated film even more convoluted:
“We loved it, and it was a big laugh, it was great. [But] all of the elements that made the scene work were also things that led the audience down a path that they didn’t want to go, and confused them with information they didn’t need.”
McQuarrie says another scene between Benji and Ethan from early in the film in which the film’s bad guys The Syndicate is explained was also excised. Hopefully the Baldwin sequence will be included with the film’s DVD and Blu-ray release around year’s end.
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” opens in cinemas on Friday.