Thandiwe Newton is likely heading to rehab after dramatically quitting ‘Magic Mike 3’ for acting weird on set amid the breakdown of her marriage.
The ‘Westworld’ star was in London filming the series’ third installment, ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ with Channing Tatum when on-set staff became concerned for his health.
Her agent flew in from Los Angeles to try to work things out, but on Tuesday the 49-year-old ‘Westworld’ actress was flown back to the US to hopefully check in an institution.
Multiple sources say Newton struggled with emotional and family issues after splitting from her 24-year-old husband, Ol Parker, with whom she has three children.
A source on set said, “Thandiwe had been acting strange on set, she was very nervous. Her apparent meltdown caused so much disruption that it became clear she couldn’t play the part.
“A lot is going on in her personal life, she and her husband have separated. She seemed so stressed that she even brought her two pet rabbits to her hotel for emotional support.
The source continued, as things grew more tense, “She fired her UK agent of three decades and then her US agent Gaby Morgerman came over from Los Angeles to try and calm things down.
“The Thandiwe team want her to go to rehab for mental health support. She was supposed to leave immediately for a facility, they tried rehab in Malibu, but they couldn’t take her. Arrangements are now being made to go to a facility in Arizona, if she agrees to go.
It was earlier reported that the ‘Mission: Impossible 2’ actress was fired from the ‘Magic Mike’ set because of a fight with co-star Channing Tatum over Will’s infamous Oscar slap. Smith.
But multiple sources say there was no “tense exchange of words” between her and Tatum, 41, who is both the star and producer of the “Magic Mike” sequel, and they remain on good terms.
The producers have now replaced Newton with Salma Hayek and all scenes involving her character will have to be reshot.
A spokesperson for Newton had no comment, as did his powerful agent Morgerman, who runs the talent division of William Morris Endeavour.
A spokesperson for Warner Bros. said earlier that Newton “made the difficult decision to walk away from Warner Bros. Pictures’ production of ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ to take care of family matters.”
New York Post