GAVE IT TO CRUISE & DE PALMA, WHO "WASN'T INTERESTED"; VOIGHT FELT BAD ABOUT PHELPS
Jon Voight reveals to Crave Online's Fred Topel that he felt bad about spoiling the heroic image of Jim Phelps, the TV character he transferred to the big screen in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible. He felt so bad, apparently, that he suggested a different ending. Here's the exchange between Voight and Topel:
Topel: When the Mission: Impossible movies became such a successful franchise, did you regret the twist with Jim Phelps? You could have continued as a heroic character in the series.
Voight: I actually wrote another ending for the first movie and I gave it to Tom [Cruise]. I don’t know if I wrote it out, but I had this idea that they found messages coming and it was from Jim Phelps. They thought they killed him but they hadn’t killed him, and he returns, and the other guys return too. The people he thought were dead were not dead. It was all to try to get the mole. He was being used by us, but it didn’t work out.
Topel: Did you discuss that with Brian De Palma?
Voight: Yeah, I think I did. He wasn’t interested.
Topel: The thing was Jim was the hero on the TV show.
Voight: I felt badly about spoiling that image. I felt bad about it.