Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 Star Hayley Atwell has revealed how not recording a dialogue scene during her first 100 days on set helped her perform as newcomer Grace.
“I come from the theater and I speak a lot. I’m so used to the language,” Atwell tells GamesRadar+ and Total Film of his unique experience while filming the action blockbuster.
“Language was always the number one tool I learned in drama school and understanding classics and plays… So going into a franchise like this and going 100 days just on physical behavior and gestures, I said to myself: ‘Am I expressing myself enough?’ , because I’m so used to being vocal as my main activity.”
However, it quickly became apparent that the focus on body language not only helped Atwell understand his character, but also his chemistry with Tom Cruise.
“What was clear was that you were watching the reading and feeling alive,” says Atwell. “The physical presence had come from the chemistry I had found with Tom and the preparation I was doing with this amazing world-class stunt team. So you feel her energy and feel her emotion without her having to say anything.”
Atwell also notes that anyone on set is welcome to watch the playback — and can choose Cruise and director Chris McQuarrie’s mastermind.
“So there’s this feeling that you’re part of this workshop or this masterclass on pure cinematic experience and how they create it,” Atwell says. “That, for me, between takes – that’s where I did all my talking and all my questioning. For the camera, I found this new language that just didn’t need to be vocal .”
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One hits theaters July 10 in the UK and July 12 in the US. For more on what’s coming out this year, check out our movie release dates schedule and guide upcoming movies.