Justin Theroux on ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’, Playing a Secret Agent, and ‘The Last Jedi’ Backlash

     July 30, 2018

When you sit down to watch The Spy Who Dumped Me—an action-comedy top-lined by two very funny women, Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis—you might be surprised that the opening scene is less jokes and more Justin Theroux kicking all kinds of ass, giving Tom Cruise a literal run for his money in a one-take, stunt-heavy piece that ends with an impressive leap from a window. But as the titular spy who does the dumping, that’s just Theroux’s role; he’s both straight man and spy, and The Leftovers star wears both masks well, as is to be expected from a globetrotting secret agent.


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In the following interview with Theroux, the actor discusses the similarities between being an actor and being a spy, staying intense on-set when you’re on your sixth take, boxing, and his reaction to fan backlash over Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. For the full interview, watch above.

Justin Theroux:

  • Is there any overlap between being a secret agent and being an actor?
  • How do you stay intense for an action set-piece when you’ve already done it four or five times?
  • Does being a boxer ever make it hard to pull punches during a fight scene?
  • As someone who was in The Last Jedi for 10 seconds, what’s it like to watch the strange amount of backlash from a certain section of that fandom?

Here’s the official synopsis for The Spy Who Dumped Me:

Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world.

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