Tom Cruise, renowned for his daredevil stunts, shocked the film industry when he insisted on filming one of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One's most audacious feats on the very first day of production. The Hollywood icon's reasoning? He wanted to confront the possibility of the stunt claiming his life head-on.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Cruise candidly explained his rationale behind this bold move. "Well, we know either we will continue with the film or we're not. Let's know day one!" he expressed. "Let us know day one what is going to happen: Do we all continue or is it a major rewrite?" The stunt that has since gained infamy involves Cruise riding a motorbike off a cliff and deploying a parachute to ensure his safety.
Empire Magazine revealed that this heart-stopping sequence was captured on the initial day of filming. Director Christopher McQuarrie shed light on the significance of executing such a high-stakes stunt early on. "Doing that on day one gave us all the time in the world to understand why he [Ethan] was doing what he was doing," he explained.
"If we sat around and tried to figure out these movies the old-fashioned way, you'd never find it, simply because it's such a living, breathing thing."
Pragmatic Precaution: Shooting the Risky Stunt Early
Cruise, on the other hand, took a pragmatic approach.
By shooting the demanding stunt on the first day, he mitigated the risk of halting production halfway through. In the unfortunate event of his injury or demise during a later stage, the studio would have faced substantial costs and delays to rectify the situation.
"I was training, and I was ready," Cruise emphasized. "You have to be razor sharp when you're doing something like that. It was very important as we were prepping the film that it was actually the first thing. I don't want to drop that and go shoot other things and have my mind somewhere else.
Everyone was prepped. Let's just get it done." Nevertheless, Cruise's Mission: Impossible co-stars, too, harbor concerns about the escalating daringness of his on-set escapades. In a separate interview, Simon Pegg expressed his worry that one day, Cruise's audacious stunts might go awry.
"There's always a sense that, you know, one day, something might go wrong, we might lose Tom, you know," Pegg confessed. "Anytime there's a big stunt, we all have that sense of, you know, fear, but he always pulls it off." Audiences eagerly anticipate the release of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, set to hit theaters on July 14, 2023.
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