Against The Wishes Of Director John Woo, Tom Cruise Performed A Death-Defying Stunt In The Worst Mission Impossible Film.

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Tom Cruise is one of the most successful and well-recognized actors in Hollywood. Outside of the massively successful projects that he has been a part of, with the Top Gun film series, The Mission: Impossible franchise, Day and Knight, and Jack Reacher being excellent examples, he is also notorious for performing his stunts, captivating the attention of his audience with the fact that he chooses to put his life in danger to bring the most unique feeling to a film.

It is only natural that when the lead actor in an extremely expensive project decides to do dangerous stunts themselves, those involved would advise against it. From getting injured and having to pause production for weeks, to sustaining a permanent injury or even death, there is a lot that can go wrong in a situation like this. So it is no surprise that the director of one of Cruise’s films was skeptical when the actor wanted to do an extremely dangerous stunt himself.

The Famous Cliff Scene In Mission: Impossible II

Though the second part of the Mission: Impossible franchise is not the best according to critics, being the lowest-rated film out of all time films in the series on IMDb, the film certainly had some very memorable moments. The infamous scene of Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt hanging off the edge of a cliff with no safety gear makes the list of the most iconic scenes in the franchise.

The scene was shot at the Dead Horse Point in the state of Utah, with an elevation of 5,900 ft. Though Hunt did not have any harness, Cruise, of course, did. Despite this, it is only natural that anyone involved would not be a big fan of the actor performing the scene on his own, putting himself in harm’s way for the sake of a scene.

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Tom Cruise Went Against Director John Woo’s Wishes For This Scene

Even though this scene is one of the most iconic from the film, Director John Woo revealed that he had advised Tom Cruise against doing the scene himself. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he revealed that during the filming of this scene, he was infuriated at Cruise for not listening to him, while also being extremely worried for his wellbeing. The director revealed that this was so intense that he was unable to look at the monitors when Cruise was hanging off the cliff.

“I was really mad that he wanted to do it, but I tried to stop him and I couldn’t,” Woo says. “I was so scared I was sweating. I couldn’t even watch the monitor when we shot it.” The director told EW, “We had five cameras on the cliff, including a helicopter camera, a camera on a crane, and cameramen hanging from safety cables, but we had focus problems, so we had to do it again and again,” he says. “But Tom would say, ‘I’m okay, John, don’t worry, I want to do it one more time.”‘

Woo wasn’t the only tense person on set as everyone was so on edge during the filming of this scene that Cruise had to do the stunt quite a few times. One would expect the actor to also be afraid or at least annoyed, however, Cruise would simply say that it was not a problem and film the scene over and over again.

 

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