'Unless it was a great part, which it probably isn't, it would probably be a cameo, a little joke, that wouldn't interest me at all,' says the actor who plays Rollin Hand in the original series.
Producer J.J. Abrams has previously talked about how cool it would be if some of "Mission: Impossible" cast members make a cameo in the fourth feature installment, but star Martin Landau apparently shared no similar feeling. In an interview with MTV News, the Rollin Hand of the original TV series insisted that he has no interest to appear in "Mission: Impossible 4".
When asked whether he might take a participation in the in-development fourth film, the 81-year-old stated that he is not excited about making a mere cameo. "Unless it was a great part, which it probably isn't, it would probably be a cameo, a little joke, that wouldn't interest me at all," the Academy Award-winning actor shared.
During the chat, the Bob Ryan of "Entourage" revealed that he was against the film franchise since the beginning. "When they were working on an early incarnation of the first one - not the script they ultimately did - they wanted the entire team to be destroyed, done away with one at a time, and I was against that," he recalled.
"It was basically an action-adventure movie and not 'Mission'," he continued explaining. " 'Mission' was a mind game. The ideal mission was getting in and getting out without anyone ever knowing we were there. So the whole texture changed. Why volunteer to essentially have our characters commit suicide? I passed on it. I said, 'It's crazy to do this.' The script wasn't that good either!"
In early October, Abrams told the press gathering at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica that he once tried to get Landau to reprise his role as Rollin Hand for "Mission: Impossible 3". "I actually tried to get Martin Landau in Mission 3, in a very small little moment just for fun," he said, "and was told that he had no interest in doing it."
"Mission: Impossible 4" itself is set to be co-produced by Tom Cruise, the star of the "Mission: Impossible" film series. While no other detail has been confirmed just yet, Variety reported that Ethan Hunt "will certainly be involved in an on-screen capacity." Scribes Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec are set to pen the screenplay based on a story producer Abrams wrote with them.