Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation barreled into theaters this past weekend and earned a staggering $121 in the international box office and even snagged the spot of being Tom Cruise's third highest opening in the action star's career. With numbers like that it's clear that the MI franchise is far from slowing down!
Rogue Nation is pleasing audiences everywhere and still sits very fresh at a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, one of MI's own stars has a complaint in regards to some of the promotional material. In an interview with USA Today, Simon Pegg, who plays Benji in the series, criticized the treatment of his costar Rebecca Ferguson in the MI posters.
Pegg expressed his disappointment in the posters saying:
When the posters came out, it was me in a jacket, Tom [Cruise] in a jacket," said Pegg, "Jeremy [Renner] in a jacket, Ving [Rhames] in a jacket and Rebecca in leather with her [butt] sticking out. It was like, ‘No, don’t do that'. We’re doing something good here. Trying to, at least.
Now, this isn't to say that Ferguson shouldn't be proud of her outstanding posterior (or that they don't shy away from showing it off), but being sexualized is pretty out of character for Ilsa Faust, who has no problem thinking or fighting for herself.
Much like Charlize Theron's character Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max, which was released earlier this year, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation has been lauded for having a dynamic, complex, ass-kicking female lead who isn't relegated to playing the romantic interest for the male lead.
In the end, Pegg's argument isn't just that Ferguson wasn't treated the same way as her costars. Let's be frank, she isn't. We're introduced to her character with a nice butt shot. But Ilsa Faust is so much more than that, and she proves that in the film!
What I think Pegg is saying is that promoting the film the same way somewhat backtracks on all of the good that Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation did to have a strong, progressive female lead. Rebecca Ferguson doesn't need to show off only her physical ass-ets to draw fans, Ilsa Faust is a badass enough, no ifs, ands, or butts about it.
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is currently in theaters.
(Source: USA Today via Telegraph)