“When she speaks, everyone listens”: Jackie Chan Helped Guardians of the Galaxy Star Nail Her Character in Tom Cruise’s $541M Movie

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The much-awaited action thriller Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1, led by Tom Cruise, has captured the admiration of both viewers and reviewers. Alongside Tom Cruise, Pom Klementieff, who portrayed the antagonist Paris in Mission Impossible 7, has emerged as a standout with her compelling performance, drawing the spotlight of moviegoers. But it was Jackie Chan’s work that inspired her.

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Pom Klementieff as Paris
Pom Klementieff as Paris

Christopher McQuarrie’s directorial prowess has resulted in captivating performances and breathtaking fight sequences that have left audiences astounded. During a recent conversation with Variety, Pom Klementieff delved into a comprehensive discussion about her portrayal of the character Paris in Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1.

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Pom Klementieff Talks About Her Mission Impossible Love

Pom Klementieff mentioned that Paris, her character, possesses an air of enigma, remaining largely silent, yet her words carry weight. The actress unveiled that her character is inclined toward a path of chaos, being adept at combat and deriving pleasure from combat and taking lives.

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Pom Klementieff in Mission Impossible
Pom Klementieff in Mission Impossible

“Paris is a pretty mysterious character that doesn’t speak much, but the beauty of it is that when she speaks, everyone listens. I think my character is on a path of destruction and she’s a very skilled fighter, and she enjoys fighting and killing people,” Klementieff said. “But there is also an underlying feeling of betrayal and loneliness from being an orphan, so there’s a deep wound underneath. I came up with many things myself, because what Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise do is cast the actors, and then they build the character around the actor’s abilities.” 

In her conversation with Variety, the actress delved into her rigorous preparation for Mission Impossible 7 and shared the primary influences that shaped her character.

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Pom Klementieff Took Inspiration From Jackie Chan’s Work

The actress disclosed that she underwent rigorous training under the guidance of stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood for Mission Impossible 7. Additionally, she mentioned having practiced kickboxing, boxing, and taekwondo for several years prior, which contributed to her combat skills.

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Jackie Chan

Pom Klementieff shared her cinematic influences during the interview, mentioning that she draws inspiration from directors like Quentin Tarantino, whose works like Kill Bill she admires. She also mentioned watching films featuring Jackie Chan. Her inspiration extended beyond action, including characters from movies by Clint Eastwood and Takeshi Kitano, who convey emotions through minimal dialogue.

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“Quentin Tarantino is one of my favorite directors, so of course I always watch Kill Bill. I watched movies with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and some French movies as well, because it was not just about the fight and the physicality. I was inspired by movies with Clint Eastwood, Takeshi Kitano, and all these beautiful characters that barely speak but convey so many emotions as well.”

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 is currently running in theaters and will later be available for streaming. 

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Source: Variety

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