Filmmaker and Academy Award nominee John Ottman recently revealed the trouble he had on the film Valkyrie, working with X-Men director Bryan Singer, Mission: Impossible director Christopher McQuarrie and Maverick himself Tom Cruise.
Speaking with Deadline about his Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing on Bryan Singer’s Freddie Mercury biographical film, Bohemian Rhapsody, Ottman described much of his extensive career in Hollywood. Ottman revealed how working with Bryan Singer, Tom Cruise and, Christopher McQuarrie on the World War II epic Valkyrie actually brought him to tears
Ottman served as editor, composer and executive producer on Valkyrie, and dished on how Bryan Singer would give him notes, followed by conflicting instructions from Tom Cruise and the film’s writer, Christopher McQuarrie:
“Tom [Cruise] would come in and see what I had done and spend a week with me, kind of checking in the editing room, and then Chris [McQuarrie] would come in and check what Tom had done.”
He also stated that, even though he was hard at work editing the film, more often than not, he wouldn’t be in control due to the fact that Bryan Singer, Tom Cruise, and Christopher McQuarrie were micromanaging every detail and undoing what the other had adjusted:
“I would always stay with a table full of chess pieces, but I’m barely moving them. Chris would see what Tom had done, and he would make a couple little tweaks to what Tom had done, and then after a while, Bryan [Singer] would come in to see what Tom and Chris has asked him to do, and he’d put things back.”
Ottman confessed he even wept after feeling so much pressure from the creative trio because neither of them would let him finish an appropriate cut of the film:
“So they would come back and sensed that he had put things back. I remember sitting and weeping. Literally, I would cry because I couldn’t finish because it got to the point where the changes I was making were not really making any difference one way or the other, and we were sort of a rudderless ship going in circles.”
Tom Cruise and Bryan Singer are no strangers for these type of conflictive situations around the set of their films. On one hand, Tom Cruise was recently accused by US Navy crew members for arrogant behavior while filming his most recent movie Top Gun 2. And on the other, Bryan Singer has been also accused of sexually assaulting numerous people during his career as a filmmaker.
While we wait for more news on Top Gun 2 and Bryan Singer’s future endeavors, here’s the synopsis for Tom Cruise’s latest movie Mission: Impossible – Fallout:
The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Cavill, Sian Brooke, Frederick Schmidt, and Angela Bassett.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout is now available on 4k UHD, Blu-ray and DVD. Paramount has already scheduled the next two installments of the Mission: Impossible franchise to hit theaters on July 22, 2021, and August 5, 2022.
Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.
Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.
Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.
In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.
Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.
Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.
Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.
Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.
Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.