Thandiwe Newton has been in the industry for years. The veteran actress set pulses racing whenever she came on screen. It seems, she was reportedly fired from the new Magic Mike movie after she was involved in an fight with her co-star.
Apparently, Thandiwe got into a heated argument on set with Channing Tatum about Will Smith’s infamous Oscar smackdown of Chris Rock. The Sun reported, the feud between Newton, 49, and Tatum, 41, occurred in early April.
The heated exchange escalated to such “astonishing” and “unimaginably vicious” levels that Tatum stormed off the West London set of “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” and drove off in a car. The crew had been filming for 11 days before the dramatic turn of events.
According to Variety, producers of the sequel ultimately decided to re-cast Newton’s lead female role. It will now be played by Salma Hayek. However, It’s still unclear exactly when the dramatic argument occurred, or what positions Newton and Tatum took in their heated debate.
A crew member told the British outlet, “Channing Tatum is the producer and number one on set. Thandie Newton is the number two star. But 11 days into shooting and it’s all over.” The source added, “They fell out over the debacle at The Oscars. I was on set. I watched her and watched him. They were in and out of the house where we were filming having this confrontation.”
“It was a tense exchange of words, but suddenly it escalated. Channing got into this car and he disappeared,”
Following the dispute, Tatum, who plays Magic Mike, refused to continue working with Newton on the HBO Max film. The source further said, “After the row he just went, ‘I am not working with her anymore.’ Him being a producer, it’s his movie, so she’s off the movie,” Director Steven Soderbergh tried to diffuse the situation, but to no avail.
A spokesperson for the movie studio issued a statement to Variety refuting the report and claiming Newton quit the movie over personal reasons. Stay tuned to Thirsty for further updates.
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