Tom Cruise’s ankle injury from the set of Mission: Impossible – Fallout is actually in the movie. Fallout is the sixth installment in the long-running Mission: Impossible franchise and Cruise once again reprises his role as IMF Agent Ethan Hunt in the film. And of course, that also means he will find himself overcoming impossible (or at least ridiculous) situations, including running on a broken ankle.
Cruise accidentally broke his ankle while filming a chase scene on the set of Fallout in August 2017. His exact injuries weren’t publicly known at the time, but it was enough for Paramount Pictures to temporarily halt production. Then, a leaked set video resulted in speculation that Cruise missed his mark on the jump, but Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie later explained that Cruise wasn’t supposed to stick the landing in the first place. Then again, he wasn’t supposed to break his ankle either, but unexpected things do happen when dangerous stunts are involved. And since Cruise didn’t want to reshoot the scene, McQuarrie and the rest of the team decided just to keep it in the final cut.
The first trailer for Mission: Impossible – Fallout (above) aired during Super Bowl LII this weekend, showing off a number of scenes that hint at what’s to come in the series. But what audiences might find most interesting is that Tom Cruise’s ankle injury, which made headlines last summer, is shown in the trailer, specifically at 2 minutes 11 seconds; viewers can actually see Cruise break his ankle if they look closely. For comparison, here’s a GIF of the scene from a behind the scenes video:
Of course, it’s also possible that the crew reshot the scene and simply made it look like they kept the same scene in there, but Cruise explicitly mentioned in an interview on The Graham Norton Show that the shot of his injury is actually in the movie. He said: “I didn’t want to do [the jump] again. I knew instantly it was broken. I just went, ‘Ugh.’ [I] run past camera. We got the shot; it’s in the movie. That profile shot – both those shots are in the movie.” So, not only is the same jump in the movie but so is the shot that immediately follows – of him limping past the camera.
What’s interesting about all this is that Cruise has performed dozens of life-threatening stunts throughout his career – many of which have been for the Mission: Impossible series, such as scaling the Burj Khalifa in Ghost Protocol and hanging off the side of a cargo airplane in Rogue Nation – but the one time he truly injured himself on set was by leaping from building to building. The stunt was certainly dangerous, but it pales in comparison to what’s he’s done before.
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