Tom Cruise: A Fearless Action Star
In an interview with CNN, Tom Cruise, known for his daring stunts in the “Mission Impossible” franchise, admitted that he does get scared. He clarified that although he feels fear, he doesn’t mind it. Cruise has pushed his physical limits by performing risky scenes himself, such as hanging from the world’s tallest building and clinging to the outside of an airplane during takeoff.
One particularly dangerous stunt in the upcoming film “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One” involved Cruise riding a motorcycle off a cliff before performing a jump. This scene was filmed in Norway in 2020, amidst the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cruise’s long-time creative partner, Christopher McQuarrie, shared that it was challenging to watch Cruise perform such dangerous stunts without being able to intervene.
To capture the stunt from all necessary angles, Cruise repeated it six times for the film’s director. The end result promises to be even more spectacular than what the marketing materials suggest. Despite the risks involved, McQuarrie finds joy in finishing a “Mission Impossible” movie when everyone is safe.
An Artificial Intelligence Villain in “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One”
In this installment of the franchise, the villain known as “The Entity” is an artificial intelligence capable of infiltrating digital networks with chaotic consequences. Cruise was tight-lipped about the details of the AI villain, but McQuarrie explained that the idea was influenced by the increasing awareness of how information technology affects people’s lives.
Regarding the impact of artificial intelligence on the film industry, McQuarrie emphasized that it is not about the technology itself but rather about who wields it. The film explores the potential dangers when technology falls into the wrong hands.
Challenges and Safety Measures during Filming
Filming “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One” faced challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The production team had to navigate the difficulties and prioritize safety. Actor Simon Pegg, a long-time collaborator of Cruise, witnessed how the pandemic affected the production in Venice, Italy, in February 2020. Despite the setbacks, the team persevered and took precautions to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
The film also introduces new cast members, including Pom Klementieff and Hayley Atwell. Klementieff, a fan of the franchise since childhood, described it as a dream come true to play a role in “Mission Impossible.” Atwell shared that her performance required physical demands like she had never experienced before.
A Promising Future for the Franchise
With the release of “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One” in July, fans can expect thrilling action and a continuation of the franchise. The film sets the stage for a sequel, as confirmed by Cruise and McQuarrie. Part Two is scheduled for release in June 2024, promising even more excitement and challenges for Ethan Hunt.
Cruise’s dedication to excellence and his desire to continually improve have solidified him as a Hollywood action hero. The cast and crew expressed confidence that the franchise will continue, with Pegg even joking that Cruise will still be jumping things at the age of 100.
Tom Cruise’s fearlessness and commitment to performing his own stunts have made him an iconic action star. “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One” delves into the dangers of artificial intelligence, while delivering the heart-pounding action that fans have come to expect from the franchise. As the film hits theaters worldwide, viewers can anticipate an exciting and unforgettable cinematic experience.