EXCLUSIVE: Ving Rhames Not in ‘Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol’?

The actor who played Luther Stickell in the first three films may not be appearing in the latest chapter of the popular Tom Cruise franchise.
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Ving Rhames may not reprise his role as Luther Stickell in the Tom Cruise franchise It was previously assumed that actor Ving Rhames would be reprising his role as IMF operative Luther Stickell in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, the forth chapter of the popular action series based on the classic TV show. But according to the actor, that may not be the case.

Rhames appeared in the first three films, Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible 2 and Mission: Impossible III, as a member of Ethan Hunt's (Tom Cruise) team, but due to budget cuts, he may not return for the fourth movie.

This is stunning news as it was previously announced that he would join the rest of the cast, which includes Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg.

We recently had chance to speak with Ving Rhames while he was out promoting his latest film, Death Race 2, which will be released on Blu-ray and DVD January 18th, 2011. We asked the actor if he would in fact be returning for Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and were surprised by his response:

"I may be doing something very small in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol but I will just say that the budget changed dramatically and I'll leave it at that."

We followed up by asking if that meant that he would only be appearing in a brief cameo in the film?

"Hmm... Cha-ching could create that but it's up to them."

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol was released December 21st, 2011.

Sources: Jami Philbrick

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  • Frank-Oz • 4 years ago

    BOOOOOOOOOOOO is right! We (the consumers who pay movie producers the billions for their damn movies!) only ask that the same people be in it. I'm not even going to go see this flick because of cutting Ving Rhames from the movie. I would feel this way no matter who they cut. It would be different had Ving Rhames not wanted to be in it but because of money? BULL CR__!!


    • jimthar • 5 years ago



      • slysnide • 5 years ago

        Typically I'd say such a suppressed side role wasn't in a position to ask for more money, but it aint "Mission Impossible" without Ving Rhames. Let's just hope they learn that and reconsider...


        • instead8909 • 5 years ago

          If he's not in it so what, at least Cruise is in it and that counts. As far as we know this might be another rumor, I really hate rumors.

          I would like to see one scene with him, but its his decision to be in it...not ours.


          • brian • 5 years ago



            • nightwing18 • 5 years ago

              why thats stupied he was good and hes was in the last 3


              • ridgl • 5 years ago

                LOL his photo looks like an old black man with flaming dreads!


                • mattbierwagen • 5 years ago

                  aww man.


                  • iamfratson • 5 years ago

                    that sucks.


                    • josedrosa • 5 years ago



                      • fanboy • 5 years ago

                        Well this isnt good


                        • jess-51 • 5 years ago

                          i not going see now


                          • jasonkat • 5 years ago

                            Hollywood on bankruptcy... thats why these mistakes r happening, lol They lost to much $$$.. for movies that ended up not making a profit. read it in cosmo. jk


                            • comicbookfan • 5 years ago

                              Hollywood has been making some monumental mistakes recently.


                              • kguy • 5 years ago

                                HEY YO WOAH!!


                                • thedude1 • 5 years ago

                                  Seriously? Ving Rhames has been doing direct to DVD movies a lot lately. How much could it possibly cost to pay someone who has been making direct to DVD movies?


                                  • dan1 • 5 years ago

                                    Well that stinks.


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