Director Brian De Palma has revealed how the opening scene is the first Mission Impossible episode was completely changed after some advice from filmmaker George Lucas.
“When George Saw” Mission Impossible he said, ‘There is no purpose in this thing. You gotta put this thing on! You have to have that scene where they’re all sitting around the table and everyone is getting their instructions about what’s going to happen,” De Palma revealed during an interview on the Light the fuse podcasting.
The scene De Palma refers to is when the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) sits around a table with Jon Voight’s Jim Phelps giving the details of the mission they are about to undertake in Prague. However, according to De Palma, this scene did not exist in the original cut of the film until the director, on Lucas’s advice, went back and re-filmed the opening scene.
“At the beginning we had a really strange scene – it’s hard for me to remember now – with Voight and somehow that jealous thing with the wife and Tom, and then we got into the first mission. And when George saw the film, the first thing he said was, ‘What are these people doing? This is Mission Impossible, it’s a group of guys going to do something! So you have to get them all around a table and tell the audience what to do,” and that’s what we did. We went back and recorded it again. So that’s an example of how we help each other.”
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