“Mission Impossible” Director’s Full Explanation on Henry Cavill’s Mustache and “Justice League”

While the “Justice League” movie was released back November 2017, discussions about the film continue to filter across the internet, with Henry Cavill’s mustache still being an issue of contention. As every Superman fan knows by now, Henry grew the mustache for his role in the new “Mission Impossible” movie, which caused a problem when he was called upon to film reshoots for the “Justice League” movie, resulting in bad CGI.

In response to a fan’s question on Twitter last month, “Mission Impossible: Fallout” director Christopher McQuarrie responded to the question about who was to blame for not allowing Henry to simply shave the mustache, promising to go into further detail in an interview with Empire Magazine’s podcast. That podcast is now online, and you can hear McQuarrie’s explanation at the 2 hour, 36 minute and 17 second mark.

When McQuarrie approached producer Jack Meyers to see what it would cost for them to try and digitally insert a mustache on Henry if they allowed him to shave it for “Justice League”, Meyers came back with a $3 million price tag, and McQuarrie offered Warner Bros. to shut down “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” for three weeks (along with the $3 million) to allow Cavill to grow back the mustache to a point where minimal CGI would be required. When Paramount heard of the compromise they were not happy at all and axed the idea, forcing Warner Bros. to create a clean shaven look via CGI.

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is in theatres now.

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sundevil82
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sundevil82

This was on WB. There were many things they could have done to avoid this situation. They could have delayed the movie from the get go if they were going to fire Snyder anyway and actually take their time with it. They could have allowed Snyder time to grieve before finishing the movie, they could have delayed the reshoots. I can go on and on. It’s not on McQuarrie or the other studio. Tsujihara and Emmerich acted like a couple of greedy boneheads and rushed a sub par product. The moustache was the least of that movies problems. All that… Read more »

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I can understand & agree with a lot of what you are saying about delaying & not put the blame of the other director about the mustache fiasco, but why do people keep saying Zack Snyder was fired??? He was NOT fired. WB has never announced this. (Unlike Disney just did with James Gunn recently) Jim Lee even has said directly that Snyder was never fired, & I would put more stock in what he says over a few journalist “speculating” with no actual official word of it from WB. Remember Jim lee is the head honcho @ DC Comics/Entertainment… Read more »

Spidey2878
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Wouldn’t it have been easier just to apply a fake mustache? I know that there are really good fake ones that they used in movies before. Why didn’t they do that? They could’ve also have used the CGI for the mustache for some action scenes in mission impossible rather than use the CGI for justice league. That’s just my two cents.

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Fun Fact: William Shatner once forgot to grow the distinctive pointed sideburns for Captain Kirk in a Star Trek film. To get around it, the makeup department actually cut a fake mustache in half and glued it to either side of his face. See if you can notice which scenes in Generations.

car2nst
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car2nst

I’m sure the process of fake hair application in movies may have been improved upon since 1994 though I could be wrong, I don’t really know for sure

car2nst
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car2nst

That is what I thought as well about using a fake mustache on their end, but I read somewhere that someone involved with the movie said it would not hold up well during 100 mph chase scenes…or something on that line. As for the CGI route…I don’t know why either. maybe they felt keeping the mustache was the easiest & quickest way since they really did not have to help out WB in the JL matter. (though one could also argue it could have been a professional courtesy to let him shave it for the JL reshoots

sundevil82
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sundevil82

I’m not a Snyder hater. Dawn of the Dead is still one of my favorite recent horror movies and 300 and watchmen were very good as well. I really liked Man of Steel and feel that the true liability there was David S. Goyer. I can’t say for certain whether or not Snyder was fired because I’m not there behind the scenes, but it is very heavily implied and This includes by Snyder himself. All the things they (Lee and the others) are saying might very well be true, but In my honest opinion it sounds like lip service to… Read more »

car2nst
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car2nst

LOl..your rambling is fine. I wasn’t attacking you personally either in my previous post. I just prefer to judge a movie after I see it & not when they announce a director. Directors can surprise us just like some comedic actors have ,going from their normal playing goofy/comedic roles to some serious roles very well. Off topic Fun Fact i just learned …Zack Snyder’s first directorial debut was the sports documentary short Michael Jordan’s Playground. (1992) I watched that over and over as a kid & loved it…of course that was because it was about MICHAEL JORDAN…lol. I think I… Read more »

sundevil82
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And you’re right in respects to filmmakers surprising us. I never would have expected the Russo brothers to be as prolific as they’ve been coming from tv. Although with some of those named you mentioned, we’ve seen enough from them to know what to expect. Bay has made a mockery of Transformers and aside from The Rock and Bad Boys 1&2, he’s been mediocre at best. Spielberg and Jackson though are top notch talents though.

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If I were them I wouldn’t have allowed Henry to shave his moustache either. Mission: Impossible has been a really successful movie series and has gotten better with time in my opinion. I am a huge Superman fan but even I prefer the Mission: Impossible films over what they have come up with for Superman films in the last few years. I’d rather see Mission: Impossible films unharmed. The important fact that should be pointed out is the scenes with Henry Cavill’s bad cgi upper lip wouldn’t be any better if they were filmed properly. They would have still been… Read more »

Chef_el74
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I think that DC and WB should just hire James Gunn to do either MOS2 or GLC, that would be a huge blow to the Marvel/Disney folks!

afriend
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afriend

I don’t even think that the face/mustache thing was the worst special effects shortcoming of the film. Why in an age that can reasonably be called the height of comic book/superhero films, does the climax look like a Play Station 3 cut scene?

car2nst
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car2nst

Well to be fair even some scenes in Infinity War …especially with Spidey’s new suit looked like it was a cutscene from the last Spiderman game. I guess a lot of movies seem to have some of that problem even today. Some are just more targeted than others due to their success or lack thereof

afriend
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So far, nothing has been perfect to my eye, but I would argue that as a whole the CGI in JL was a disappointment relative to other recent films. Maybe because they were racing deadlines and just had a “good enough” mentality, I’m not sure…

car2nst
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car2nst

Agreed. I always think back to TheMummy Returns…& that oh so exquisite Scorpion King right out of PS2 era…lol….Even Jar Jar, as corny & dumb as he was looked more believable in terms of CGI. Granted different budgets & maybe different teams/ FX companies though.