Henry Cavill believes Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Fallout injury benefitted the film in the long run. As many viewers know, Cruise is extremely dedicated to performing his own stunts during action movies. For Fallout, he even learned how to fly a helicopter for a key sequence. While this commitment to authenticity is greatly appreciated, it does come with a fair amount of risks. During production, Cruise fractured his ankle while jumping from building to building, which delayed shooting for a prolonged period of time.
Typically, when the star of a movie is out of commission, it spells doom for the project. Fortunately, that wasn't the case with Fallout, which is going to meet its scheduled July 2018 release date when it opens in theaters this week. As it turns out, the injury may have actually helped the movie become arguably the best installment in the franchise. At least, Cavill thinks it was good for the team.
The actor spoke with CinemaBlend to promote Fallout and was asked about the time off following Cruise's injury. Instead of setting the movie back, Cavill believes it gave them all the opportunity for some much-needed recuperating:
"I don't know how many months in it was, but we were all knackered at that stage. So when the break happened, literally, and then the hiatus, we just went, 'You know what it's not a bad time to recoup and we can just rest up a bit, make sure everything's perfect and come back.' And we did. It was good and worked really in our favor."
Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie recently made the surprising revelation that the film began shooting without a completed script, so it's very possible he spent the time off fine-tuning the screenplay to make sure it was up to snuff. Additionally, action movies like Mission: Impossible are grueling to make, meaning the rest of the ensemble probably enjoyed the chance to recharge their batteries before the next wave of photography. Obviously, Cruise and McQuarrie would have liked to finish Fallout without any hitches, but nobody is going to argue with the results. Fallout is being hailed as one of the best action movies in recent years, and it's projected to post Mission: Impossible's biggest opening weekend.
Thankfully for viewers, Cruise isn't letting his injury stop him from doing stunt work in the future. McQuarrie has mentioned there are several sequences in the finished film that were shot after Cruise's recovery, so he'll be up for whatever challenges await him in Top Gun: Maverick, Mission: Impossible 7, and beyond. Cruise recently celebrated his 56th birthday, so it remains to be seen how much longer he can be the daredevil everyone knows him to be. Audiences should enjoy and appreciate it while it lasts. Cruise is one of a kind.
- Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) release date: Jul 27, 2018