Later today, Tom Cruise stars in Mission: Impossible 2 on Channel 4 at 6:35 p.m. Today, the American star is famous for pulling off some incredibly outlandish stunts, but he was still very new to it back in the year 2000. However, his ambition was there. And he ended up fighting with his director over it.
While filming Mission: Impossible 2, Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, pulled off some extraordinary stunts. This included rock climbing, racing motorcycles at breakneck speeds, dodging flames and jumping off buildings – a standard day for Cruise in 2023.
But, at the time, director John Woo wanted to use different methods to hide Cruise in these high-octane shots. In addition to using stuntmen and camera tricks, he also reportedly wanted to use some CGI. However, Cruise was not going to agree to these terms.
Cruise was “adamant” that he was going to perform these stunts himself for the film. He noted that he would look much more realistic in the final film. He complained that it was “too easy” to see when he was wearing a body double.
Cruise compared the use of these methods to “fooling” the audience.
Woo, who is afraid of heights, eventually picked up on Cruise’s way of thinking. He allowed the Hollywood star to perform her own stunts. Woo reportedly went on to say of Cruise, “I admire her courage.”
However, Cruise took a chance to the extreme, as he is now known to do. During a heated moment in the story, Hunt sped through a fire on a motorcycle. This death-defying stunt was actually performed by Cruise, who challenged his security coordinators. He drove through hell without the use of flame retardant gear or fire retardant gel. (via Film School Rejections)
IMDB claims that Cruise also “lied to the film’s insurance agents” by saying he was going to let the stunt team handle the stunts. But in reality, Cruise “did about 95 percent” of the stunts in the film.
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Cruise’s incredible stunts paid off. Mission: Impossible 2 was the highest-grossing film of 2000, earning a whopping $546 million at the box office.
Since then, Cruise has been at the forefront of the Mission: Impossible series and, more importantly, the incredible stunts he’s pulled off.
Three films later, Cruise teamed up with Christopher McQuarrie, who became the star’s cohort in the production of the film series. The 60-year-old star is currently hard at work on his next two Mission: Impossible movies: Dead Reckoning Part One and Dead Reckoning Part Two.
Cruise recently posted a video of another awesome stunt being pulled off in Dead Reckoning. Footage showed him riding off a cliff on a motorcycle before parachuting out.
In the video, Cruise said: “This is by far the most dangerous thing we’ve ever attempted.” His base jumping coach, Miles Daisher, praised the actor, saying: “You say something to him and he just picks it up. His sense of spatial awareness – he’s the most aware person I’ve ever met.”
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One hits theaters on July 14, 2023.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two will be released on June 28, 2024.
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