Tom Cruise has always been extremely dedicated to the craft of acting. For example, he spent months learning how to be a bartender with flair for Cocktail and spent months learning to shoot pool like an expert hustler for The Color of Money.
He was already a bankable and Academy Award-nominated actor when he took on the role of Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible (1996), which became a franchise and catapulted him into the top reaches of worldwide stardom. The series has also established him as a star who performs (most) of his own stunts, which is an essential element in a number of stunning action sequences.
Earlier this year, shortly before the sixth Mission: Impossible installment began filming, we heard that Cruise had spent a year training for a particular action sequence. Producer David Ellison explained Cruise’s motivation: “It’s all about entertaining an audience and it makes the movie better.”
During filming in London last weekend, it was reported that Cruise was apparently injured while performing a stunt. Paramount Pictures (via Variety) has now confirmed the injury: “Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery, and the film remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018. Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer.”
Director Christopher McQuarrie (above) told Empire: “You never stop working…. You simply rearrange the order in which you were going to do certain things on the movie. … We’ve already shot a huge chunk of the movie so you’re just taking a big chunk of post-production and moving it up sooner. Then we go back to shooting when the hiatus is over, which is to the full benefit of the movie. … Nothing that we’re looking at right now is going to affect the release date.”
About the injury itself, McQuarrie said: “What happened is a matter of coordinating what Tom is doing with what the camera is doing, which means you have to do it a number of times. And on the fourth try, he hit the building at a slightly different angle and he broke his ankle. … he got up and powered through the shot, and then he got off-camera and as soon as he knew he was off-camera he went down. … The good news is, Tom is going to make a full recovery. … The first thing he said when he came back was, ‘did you get it?’ He was laying down with his foot up and I brought him the shot and he looked at it. As only Tom Cruise can do, with an icepack around his ankle, he said, ‘that’s a pretty cool shot!’
Mission: Impossible 6 is still scheduled for release on July 27, 2018.