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Producer Paula Wagner knew what she was doing when she called Roger Guyett to work on Mission: Impossible III with then first-time film director J.J. Abrams. A veteran effects man and ILM mainstay, with experience working alongside George Lucas (on, notably, Revenge Of The Sith), Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton, Guyett proved the ideal choice to help guide Abrams in his leap from TV to movies. But it was Abrams who left the impression on Guyett. “I remember being stunned by the creative energy he had. He was, and is, somebody who was very interested in the craft of visual effects.”

Ask any VFX artist what they really need in a director, and they’ll tell you a cool head when crunch-time hits. “The great thing about him is, once he’s bought off on an effects idea, he’ll stick with that. Of course, he’s trying to make them better, but, underneath it all, he’s not just having a constant 180... You’re not shocked in that 11th hour with changes.” And Abrams even got involved: “When Keri Russell’s character has a bomb implanted in her head in M:I III and it explodes, the camera reverses and looks at Tom Cruise’s reaction. We did a number of different versions and J.J. really liked a version where there was blood on Tom. But the ratings guys objected, so J.J. said he’d paint it out. He did the shot himself in the wee hours. It’s a good thing for me he doesn’t have the time to do that more often!”



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