‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Director Explains Tom Cruise’s Stunt Fail & Injury

Director Christopher McQuarrie has shed light on that Tom Cruise stunt fail that took place on the set of Mission: Impossible 6.

A video from the set of the upcoming Mission: Impossible film made the rounds yesterday, showing the harnessed actor jumping from a building, slamming into the side of another building and then limping, visibly in pain. In case you haven’t seen it, you can watch the incident right HERE.

In an interview with Empire, McQuarrie, who’s back at the helm following Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, provided a good amount of information about the incident itself and touched on how the production would be affected.

Well, it turns out there was a very good reason for that wincing and limping: “When I went to see him, the first thing he said when I walked in the room was, ‘dude, my ankle’s broken,'” McQuarrie said.

After seeing the video, it was easy to speculate that Cruise had either failed to reach the other building or that there was a problem with the rigging. In fact, McQuarrie said the scene was meant to have Cruise slamming into the side of the building all along. This particular moment was the fourth time Cruise was doing the stunt.

“He was always supposed to slam into the side of the building. That’s what gives the stunt its energy,” explained McQuarrie.

“He was completely safe the entire time he was doing that. He was padded. 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 knew the instant that he hit the building that his ankle was broken.”

McQuarrie said that since Cruise knew they would not be tackling the stunt again, he kept in character – who was supposed to be hurt from the jump – until he was off-camera. Afterwards, Cruise, ever the performer, wanted to know one all-important thing: did they manage to get the shot?

“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!’”

Regarding the production schedule, the director said that the film will be sticking with its scheduled U.S. release date of July 27, 2018 and that they’ll simply be rearranging the production schedule to give Cruise time to recover. As for a silver lining, McQuarrie added that this unfortunate incident has provided them with the luxury of being able “to go into editorial and look at what we’ve shot and reassess the movie.”

Cruise better heal up well; apparently there’s still another stunt for him to tackle before shooting wraps, and it sounds like a big one.

“Fortunately for us, the one that’s really intense doesn’t happen to be intense on his ankle,” McQuarrie said. “We’re not worried about that. That’s the last part of his body we’re worried about when it gets to that sequence.”

Geez, Tom. What in the world will you be getting up to this time!?

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