As the production could do nothing about inquisitive crowds watching them while they were filming in Rome, they actually set up a phony second unit a little further away, hired several girls in bikinis and several older women dressed as nuns and pretended to be filming takes for the film, while the main unit got on with their business largely undisturbed.
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After the success of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Simon Pegg was asked whether he was going to be pursuing a career in Hollywood, to which he laughed and replied "It's not like I'm going to be in Mission: Impossible III".
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Tom Cruise did the vast majority of his own stunts in this film. Most of them were done without major injury. However, he cracked a couple of ribs once when he turned his upper torso too quickly.
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With a budget of $150 million, this is the most expensive movie ever undertaken by a first-time feature film director.
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Special effects technician Steven Scott Wheatley sued Paramount Pictures and Tom Cruise's production company for gross negligence after the pyrotechnics in a stunt in which he was involved went wrong and he was engulfed in a ball of flame. Wheatley suffered third-degree burns over sixty percent of his body.
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Ethan Hunt makes references to Lake Wanaka. Lake Wanaka is a lake in the South Island of New Zealand, which Tom Cruise visited while in New Zealand filming The Last Samurai (2003). He liked the place so much that he included it in this film.
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One of the five percussionists in the orchestra which did the film's score was Emil Richards, who thirty years ago played bongos on the original Mission: Impossible (1966) theme.
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At one point, Ricky Gervais was cast in the film as an ally to Ethan Hunt. But due to various production and casting changes, Gervais had to pull out of the film and was replaced by Simon Pegg.
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Tom Cruise allegedly threatened to cancel publicity for the film if Comedy Central rebroadcasted the South Park: Trapped in the Closet (2005)' (a.k.a. Scientology episode) that satirizes Scientology and mocks Cruise's sexuality. Comedy Central is owned by Viacom, which is the parent company of Paramount Pictures, and Mission: Impossible III was distributed by them. The episode was indeed pulled off the air. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park (1997), said they were called (by Comedy Central) and told that the episode would be pulled off the air, and they were also told not to say anything to anybody about it.
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Maggie Q had to learn how to drive for the movie, she didn't know how to before. It is revealed in the DVD extras that while driving during the shoot, the heel of her shoe got stuck on the accelerator, leading her car to crash (lightly) into another parked car.
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To promote the film, Paramount rigged 4,500 randomly selected Los Angeles Times vending boxes with digital audio players which would play the theme song when the door was opened. The audio players did not always stay concealed, however, and in many cases came loose and fell on top of the stack of newspapers in plain view, with the result that they were widely mistaken for bombs. Police bomb squads detonated a number of the vending boxes and even temporarily shut down a veterans' hospital in response to the apparent "threat". Despite these problems, Paramount and The Los Angeles Times opted to leave the audio players in the boxes until two days after the movie's opening.
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Scarlett Johansson was cast in the film early on, but pulled out of the project, and her role eventually went to Keri Russell.
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Joe Carnahan worked on the film for a total of fifteen months before quitting over creative differences with the studio bosses. He even filmed the moment when he quit, as he figured that it signified the end of his Hollywood career. That was not to be the case, however. He came back the following year with the cult hit Smokin' Aces (2006).
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Keri Russell trained for three months in preparation for her big action scenes.
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In the original script of the opening scene, Brownway was supposed to do the "counting" but J.J. Abrams realized it would be much more dramatic if it was done by Owen Davien (Philip Seymour Hoffman) instead.
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Thandie Newton was offered the chance to reprise the role of Nyah Nordoff Hall, but turned it down to concentrate on spending time with her family. Her role in the story was later changed to a new character named Leah Quint (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) but when J.J. Abrams took over directing the project, the character was totally scrapped from the story.
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J.J. Abrams approached original series star Martin Landau to make a cameo, but Landau declined, saying he was finished with the franchise.
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This would be the last Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner film distributed by Paramount Pictures. After the release, Paramount owner Sumner Redstone decided not to renew their distribution rights. Apparently, Redstone was disgusted by Cruise's recent antics, particularly his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986). Following that, Cruise and his partner Wagner had resurrected the United Artists company, which had closed a few years previously.
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For the three city-wide premieres in New York City, Tom Cruise was driven from location to location on the top of a fire engine, by helicopter, motorbike, car and the subway system, where he had an entire subway train all to himself. It was rented for an estimated twelve thousand dollars.
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(At around twenty-nine minutes) During Brassel's debrief, he says that Owen Davian is invisible in terms of "Wells, not Ellison." H.G. Wells wrote "The Invisible Man" (1897), in which the title character is a scientist who can make himself physically invisible. Ralph Ellison wrote "Invisible Man" (1952) in which the main character, an African-American, considers himself a member of a socially invisible minority. Also, H.G. Wells wrote "The War of the Worlds". Tom Cruise starred in the Steven Spielberg's adaptation War of the Worlds (2005) a year prior to M:I:III.
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While the producers signed on J.J. Abrams as director in August 2004 after Joe Carnahan's departure, the film was abruptly delayed for at least a year due to Tom Cruise's commitment to the abruptly green-lit War of the Worlds (2005). The production was delayed until Summer 2005, causing the film to be released in 2006. Abrams was hired after Cruise saw episodes of the Abrams series Alias (2001) on DVD and was impressed.
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The interior of Ethan Hunt's house was based on J.J. Abrams' family's home.
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Kenneth Branagh was cast as the villain, but because of shooting delays, he had to drop out to begin work on As You Like It (2006).
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(At around forty-three minutes) Agent Hunt can be seen using the OQO personal computer as his device, which, according to Guinness World Records, is the smallest fully functional PC.
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David Fincher was first slated to direct, but dropped out to produce Lords of Dogtown (2005), which he also dropped out of directing. The basic storyline of the version on which he was working dealt with black market trade of body parts in Africa.
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Director trademark: "Kelvin" (At around 31 minutes) The postcard that Agent Farris sent Ethan Hunt from Berlin is addressed to H. Kelvin. Harry Kelvin was J.J. Abrams' maternal grandfather, and as a tribute to him and his influence in the director's life, Abrams includes his name in every project he directs.
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Carrie-Anne Moss was offered a role after Tom Cruise was impressed with her work in Suspect Zero (2004), which Cruise produced. When Joe Carnahan left the project, and J.J. Abrams took the reins, her character was dropped from the film entirely.
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In early May 2004, it was reported that Tom Cruise (in his role as a producer) had requested of the German government that filming be allowed in the forty meter glass dome of the German Parliament building, the Reichstag. He had earlier visited the Foster & Partners-designed building and been very impressed. His request was denied, however, by Parliament President Wolfgang Thierse. "The building is not available as a film location and we refuse point blank every request to use it as such," a spokesman said.
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The outdoor scenes near the end of the movie were shot on location in an actual Chinese village with the residents serving as extras. A bilingual crew member used a bullhorn to instruct them prior to filming each scene.
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During the credits, one of the organizations which the producers of the film wish to thank is the Hanso Foundation, a group tied to J.J. Abrams' television series, Lost (2004).
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's character's name, Owen Davian, is an in-joke and a nod to his long-time manager, Davien Littlefield.
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English screenwriter Ben Trebilcook penned previous drafts, and had Ang Lee in talks to direct. One story involved the destruction of various Wonders of the World, which was set as a prequel to the first movie, and brought back Emilio Estevez. The script contained elements deemed too sensitive, as they drew close parallels to the 9/11 attacks. Another draft featured the trafficking of human organs, and was re-written by Frank Darabont.
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As of 2015, this is the last non-superhero film to be the summer movie season starter (released on the first weekend of May). With superhero movies scheduled to start the summer through 2029, that will mean thirteen consecutive years have started the summer with a superhero movie.
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The scenic rural Chinese village at the end of the film is not located in Shanghai, but is actually the ancient town of Xitang in the Zhejiang Province, located approximately ninety kilometers away. The night scenes involving skyscrapers were actually shot in Shanghai, however.
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The Caserta Palace, Italy doubled for the Vatican's interiors.
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Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan, and Maggie Q voiced Wonder Woman. Russell in Wonder Woman (2009), Q in Young Justice (2010), and Monaghan in Justice League: War (2014).
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Katie Holmes, Lindsay Lohan, Elisha Cuthbert, and Jessica Alba were considered for the role of Lindsey Ferris.
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Studio filming took place at sound stages at the Paramount Studios lot, which for the previous eighteen years had been used solely for episodes of Star Trek. J.J. Abrams would later direct Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
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Despite having a large role in the film, the character of Declan Gormley (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is never refereed to by his name.
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Joe Carnahan was offered the position of director after Tom Cruise was impressed by his work on Narc (2002), which Cruise also executively produced. Carnahan stepped down from the position of director because of creative differences only a month before filming was originally due to begin in August of 2004. His departure delayed the film by a year while a new director was being sought. In this time, Cruise went on to film War of the Worlds (2005), which had its originally intended 2006 release fast-tracked by a year.
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The orange sports car is a Lamborghini Gallardo (5.0-liter V-10 engine, rear-mid engine layout, all-wheel drive).
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When David Fincher was attached as director, Sylvester Stallone was being courted to play the main villain.
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SERIES TRADEMARK: Ethan is suspended by a cable while infiltrating the Shanghai building to get the Rabbit's Foot. See also Mission: Impossible (1996) and Mission: Impossible II (2000).
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Some of the scenes were shot in downtown Richmond, Virginia. The crew and cast were directed to the set of "Heyday". This diversionary title was posted everywhere downtown so as to distract onlookers and tourists from the movie set.
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This had the fourth widest opening in history, commandeering 4,054 cinema screens (170 of which were digital).
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This film marked Paramount's first foray into digital exhibition. They were the last studio to release a digital print to theaters.
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After initially upsetting the Chinese government over its seemingly uncomplimentary depiction of life in Shanghai, the censors finally allowed the film to be shown in China.
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It's coincidental that one of the disguises that Tom Cruise adopts in the film is that of a priest. In real life, Cruise briefly studied to become a priest before he got the acting bug.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman is the second Academy Award winner (after Jon Voight in the first film) to play the lead villain in the Mission: Impossible film franchise.
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Director trademark: Greg Grunberg cameo Actor Greg Grunberg appears in nearly all of J.J. Abrams' film and television projects, usually in a cameo role. The director refers to Grunberg as his "good luck charm."
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"Mission Impossible III" was Tom Cruise's eighth movie in a row to gross over $100m domestically.
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In relation to the financial and artistic failure of Fantastic Four (2015), which was attributed to behind-the-scenes troubles between director Josh Trank and the producers, original director Joe Carnahan, who left this installment due to massive creative differences between him, Tom Cruise, and Paula Wagner, released a statement on Twitter saying that he is happy that Twitter wasn't around at the time he was involved in this movie. He said Trank's position as coming from an independent film, who was a critical and financial success (in Trank's case that was Chronicle (2012), for Carnahan it was Narc (2002)), and being roughly around the same age as Trank when being offered the jump from independent director to million-dollar movie franchise director, he faced similar troubles with studio and producers as Trank, when the vision of the different parties just wouldn't come together. However, other than Trank, who fought hard to put his vision of the superhero movie through and failed, Carnahan was wise enough to leave the Mission: Impossible project, saving him much trouble.
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The first film from a major Hollywood studio to be released simultaneously on DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray.
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The assistant directors on both units, Mathew Dunne and Tommy Gormley, had characters named after them: "Benjamin Dunn" and "Declan Gormley", respectively.
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Early in the movie, Hunt and his team make their getaway in a Huey Helicopter. The long shots are done by CGI, and to keep costs down, model-making was used. This was the old way before CGI, is relatively inexpensive, and still used whenever possible. The Huey in some shots is the model, in others, it's CGI. On the tail of the Huey are the letters D-HDRS. These are the last names of the model makers. In order, 1) Fon Davis, Lead Model Maker: ILM, 2) Neal Halter, Model Maker, 3) Nick D'Abo, Model Maker: ILM (credited as Nicholas D'Abo) 4) Chuck Ray, Practical Effects Technician: models, ILM (credited as Charles Ray) 5) Joseph Suen, Digital Model Development: ILM. Either it's intentional or coincidental.
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The second film of 2006 to pass the $100 million mark at the box office. Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) was the first.
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Tom Cruise's cousin, William Mapother, is best known for playing a character named Ethan. He plays Ethan Rom on Lost (2004), which was created by J.J. Abrams.
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J.J. Abrams' made his directorial debut on television, directing two episodes of Felicity (1998), a series starring Keri Russell, who appears in this film.
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This isn't the first time Ving Rhames has appeared in a movie in which a female character has adrenaline directly injected in her heart. This also happened to Uma Thurman's character in Pulp Fiction (1994).
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Phil Alden Robinson was one of the finalists for director.
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It was rumored Brad Pitt would replace Tom Cruise in the "Mission: Impossible" film franchise. But the rumor was false.
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Tom Cruise took a paycut of his usual $20 million fee in order to get the film financed.
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Part of this movie was filmed at Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, California.
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Several of the actors and actresses in this movie have acted in movies where they played real or fictitious musicians or people in the music industry, They include Tom Cruise as fictitious singer Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages (2012), Billy Crudup and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Almost Famous (2000) as fictitious guitarist Russell Hammond and real life music journalist Lester Bangs respectively, Laurence Fishburne as real life singer Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as fictitious singer Brian Slade in Velvet Goldmine (1998).
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This is the last Mission: Impossible film to be released in theaters in May.
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Shot over a period of three months.
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It was falsely rumored that the film was going to be Tom Cruise's last as Ethan Hunt, and that Brad Pitt would take over as a new character. Michelle Monaghan had previously made a cameo in Brad Pitt's film Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), which in that film, Pitt starred as a professional assassin who discovers his wife (Angelina Jolie) is also an assassin.
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Both Michelle Monaghan and Laurence Fishburne previously starred in Mirada de mujer: El regreso (2003). In that movie, Laurence Fishburne provided the voice of the bear in the beer commercial. Michelle Monaghan starred in the movie as Harmony Faith Lane.
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Simon Pegg and Greg Grunberg both appeared in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), and Star Trek (2009), both directed by J.J. Abrams, as well as Star Trek Beyond (2016), produced by Abrams.
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This film stars Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Tom Cruise starred in a previous film Rain Man (1988), which also used an actor with the last name of Hoffman (Dustin Hoffman), and who also played a major role in the film.
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Dan Mindel: (At around thirty-five minutes) The film's cinematographer appears as a doctor talking to Julia in the hospital.
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Michael G. Kehoe: (At around one hour and eleven minutes) The Craft Service crew member appears as Mike the hospital employee, when Ethan enters the hospital, and he's in search for his wife, and heads for the front desk where Mike is seated.
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(At around fifty-two minutes) The poem that Ethan makes Davian read in the Vatican bathroom, right before he tranquilizes him, is written by Neal Whitman. The purpose of the poem is for all the sounds of the English language to be said in one piece, and these "sounds" are known as phonemes. This makes sense, in regards to Ethan taking Davian's place moments later, with him speaking in his exact dialect.
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(At around one hour and thirty-five minutes) When Brownway (Eddie Marsan) injects the capsule in Ethan's head, Tom was constantly complaining how much it hurt during filming. They decided to paint Tom's hand to look like Marsan's hand, so that he could inject the capsule in his own head, because he knew just how hard he could push the gun to his nose, without hurting himself.
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The scene near the end, where John Musgrave (Billy Crudup) joins Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) after the apparent murder of his wife, was re-written on the morning it was shot. Crudup was reading his lines off cue cards throughout it.
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(At around one hour and thirty-five minutes) When Ethan wakes up tied to the chair, and Brownway shoots the charge up his nose, the hand seen holding the gun to Tom Cruise's nose is not Eddie Marsan's, but Cruise's own hand. The same goes later when Musgrave puts the phone to Ethan's ear, then Ethan bites Musgrave's hand. The hand that Cruise bit was not Billy Crudup's, but again was his own hand.
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(At around twenty-seven minutes) The doctor's hands extracting the capsule from Agent Farris' head at the IMF headquarters belong to J.J. Abrams.
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(At around one hour and seventeen minutes) When Ethan is escaping from IMF Headquarters, he crashes through an air vent and knocks over a box, which spills out dozens of brochures which are titled, "Virginia Department of Public Transportation (D.O.T.)." Ethan's cover in the film, is as an analyst for the Virginia D.O.T.
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(At around forty-five minutes) During the kidnapping scene of Owen Davian at the Vatican, Gormley (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) tells Zhen (Maggie Q) that he will rendezvous with her in thirty seconds. Exactly thirty seconds later, dressed as a guard, he gets her through the gate in her orange Lamborghini.
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Visible body count: twenty-six. Visible explosion count: sixteen.
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Owen Davian was the weapons dealer for the Syndicate
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The Lamborghini that was blown up, had no engine.
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Nyah (Thandie Newton) Ethan's love interest from the previous film does not return. Thandie Newton was offered to return in the role, but turned it down to focus on her family. If Nyah had returned, it would had been most likely she would had become a member of the IMF team, and a new love interest was created to replace her: Julia (Michelle Monaghan).
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