Actor demands that changed movie details

Variety evaluation, Cruise was accused of micro-managing nearly every element of the film’s production, altering everything in the script into how it was marketed. Cruise’s track record in the box office meant these changes were accepted by Universal, despite some inner doubts.

Perhaps most notably, Cruise allegedly insisted that his character, Nick Morton, be given more screen time than the mummy. According to a source, the initial script Morton sharing “virtually equal screen time” with the undead villain, which apparently did not sit well with pub; his presence was beefed up accordingly, effectively turning the terror franchise reboot into another of this celebrity’s blockbuster activity vehicles. In the end, audiences may have chosen less Cruise and more mummy–the film was a major flop.