Kosovars find refuge
on Mission Impossible 2
refugees have been thrown a lifeline from the producers of Mission Impossible 2,
starring Tom Cruise, by offering them a part in the new film.
The producers at Fox Studios
Sydney, where the action blockbuster is being filmed, said it was
"shameful" the way "our new visitors" were being treated by the
community at Singleton, in northern NSW, and explained they would be happy to see
them "onboard of our current project".
Fox Studios is now home for
the filming of Mission Impossible 2 starring Tom Cruise, Academy-winner Anthony
Hopkins, and local actors Richard Roxborough and actor/director John Polson.
While details of the latest
deal are not clear, head of production on the film, Gerry Marr, said the refugees
were keen to come back to Sydney and "thrilled" to be working with
director John Woo on a film which would bring international attention to their
"Our scriptwriters are
working over time to fit our new friends into the film. And from what we're seen so
far, they don't mind a bit of action," he said.
Mr Marr played down
suggestions that the 30 or so "stars of tomorrow" would simply be absorbed
into crowd scenes and be the subject of an evacuation of a city under seige being
written into the new film.
"We are very excited.
Let's just say you'll just have to wait until opening night. I guarantee though
there will be plenty of explosions," he said.
It is understood the Albanians
will be brought down to Sydney on the same bus they had been camped out on for the last
"From what I've seen of
the rushes, they are really hitting the mark with this refugee thing. I think they
are ready to go."
A spokeswoman for actor's
union, Media Alliance, said she was unaware of the deal, but would be disappointed
if Albanian actors were being considered before Australian actors.
"It's ART all over
again," she said.
Mr Cruise was not available
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