22. Ving Rhames first met Cruise on the Pulp Fiction premiere in 1994. After the screening, “he runs as much as me, and he hugs me like we actually knew one another. However actually, I might solely met him two hours earlier, within the males’s room!” Rhames recalled to Spotlight Report in 2018. Quickly afterward, Rhames bought a name from De Palma, who had beforehand directed him in Casualties of Conflict.
Quick-forward 25 years and the 62-year-old actor, who performs cool-and-collected hacker Luther Strickell, “disavowed” no extra, is the one different actor other than Cruise to have been in the entire collection, together with Nos. 7 and eight—though it seems he was speculated to be one and performed.
“I really feel very blessed to have been concerned for thus lengthy,” Rhames stated. “Particularly as a result of initially my character died within the first 10 or 12 pages of Mission: Inconceivable. I stated to Tom and Brian De Palma, ‘Why does the Black man must die within the first 10 pages of most films? You already know, usually there’s just one Black man in every of those huge-budget movies. There aren’t too many—quote-unquote—African-American movies which might be going to be over $100 million. And when there are some, I can not even say it is a Denzel… It is a Will Smith, principally. You may have Will Smith, and he’ll be rattling close to the one Black man within the movie. He is the star, nevertheless it’s not a Black storyline, he might not also have a household in it…’
“So, Tom and Brian clearly thought of that, as a result of then I observed that my character did not die. Numerous issues occur and I am at all times appreciative, you realize?”
It did not go unnoticed, nevertheless, that his look in Ghost Protocol was Marvel-post-credits-level transient.
“I could also be doing one thing very small in Mission: Inconceivable—Ghost Protocol, however I’ll simply say that the finances modified dramatically and I will go away it at that,” Rhames told Movieweb in 2010. “Cha-ching may create [a part] nevertheless it’s as much as them.” They ultimately realized it might behoove them to pay up and maintain Luther’s streak alive.
And Rhames was certainly again for meatier elements in Rogue Nation and Fallout, the latter that includes his favourite second so far. “Chris McQuarrie wrote a scene the place I actually get to indicate how Luther feels about Ethan,” he advised Highlight Report. “It takes into consideration on a regular basis the 2 of them have been collectively. And it is fairly emotional and highly effective.”