IN Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1Vanessa Kirby returns as Alanna Mitsopolis, the arms dealer White Widow first introduced in Mission: Impossible – Fallout 2018. Having played the character, this time Kirby feels much more comfortable playing the role of Wid White side, but there is a rather difficult aspect in Dead Reckaming.
Warning: The following part contains spoilers for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should stop reading now.
Towards the end of the film, we are treated to two White Widows. One is the genuine article, while the other is an impostor under one of the franchise’s iconic masks. Underneath the rubber is Hayley Atwell’s character, Grace, who is working with Ethan (Tom Cruise). So not only does Kirby play the White Widow, but she also plays Atwell’s character pretending to be Grace. “It was a gift of a challenge,” the actress told GameSpot.
“It’s kind of confusing because it doesn’t play a completely different character,” Kirby said. “It was playing another character pretending to be my character. So that was a bit of an afterthought. And I remember many times, we said, ‘Wait, wait. Is this too much like Grace? Are not?'”
One might assume that finding and playing the difference between Grace and Alanna wouldn’t be too difficult, but as Kirby noted, the two only interact briefly once. So she’s not just playing someone pretending to be Alanna, that person knows practically nothing about her.
Kirby said: “She was just around Alannah or the White Widow for a brief scene. “So it’s not like she knows who she is, really… I ended up playing a slightly more frozen version of both of them. [characters]. Because I think she’s panicking. She had to make all the life decisions in that moment. And I did it for her.”
In the end, the sequence works well, and that’s something Kirby is proud of, especially given how close she became to Atwell during production.
“I admire Haley and we’ve been through a long time together in training on COVID,” the actress admitted. “So I know her well. It’s really a wonderful thing. It’s really a perfect gift to play someone like her and try to convey that because it’s also one of the first things we filmed.”
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 Currently showing in theaters.
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