Tom Cruise Injured on Mission: Impossible 6 Set, Movie Not Expected To Be Delayed


It was being reported over the weekend that Tom Cruise had been injured while performing a stunt for the upcoming Mission: Impossible 6, but up until now there had been no official confirmation or update on the severity of the injury. TMZ posted a video of the mishap online where it appeared that Cruise had failed to make a jump between two buildings and then limped away with some assistance from the crew. Yesterday, Paramount finally issued a statement on the matter, explaining that he had broken his ankle and that production would go on hiatus while he heals. It is unclear how long the shutdown will last, but Variety speculated that it would be somewhere between “six weeks to three months.” The movie is still aiming to hit its intended release date of July 27th, 2018. Director Christopher McQuarrie further explained what the stunt was and how it went wrong:

“The speculation was that Tom had somehow missed or fell short. The truth is that the stunt was never designed for Tom to jump from rooftop to rooftop which a) would have been pretty boring and b) when you see the actual shot you’ll understand how it was designed. Also, when you look at what was posted on the internet, you can see Tom do the same stunt multiple times. He was always supposed to slam into the side of the building. That’s what gives the stunt its energy. 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. You can see it on his face. We had four cameras rolling on it, and you can see it on the video that’s on the internet. He knew in that instant, ‘well, we’re not coming back here. We’re not doing this again today’.”

At age 55, Tom Cruise is still continuing to do a lot of his own stunts — much more than most other actors half his age. Accidents like this can be costly and although it sounds like they will be able to work around it, it will be interesting to see if this changes Cruise’s ability and freedom to do his own stuntwork. The recent death of a stuntwoman on the set of Deadpool 2 has also shaken up the industry. Although audiences seem to respond to real in-camera stunts, studios have to constantly weigh the risk versus the reward when the same thing can technically be accomplished with CG. Do you think we’ll see a push back on actors doing their own stunts in the near future?

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  • Jake

    If they end up being delayed by 3 months I would be really curious how they intend to keep the release date. Is there really that much they can without this guy?

  • 5OF4

    Cruise has osteoporosis, confirmed

  • LordAwesome

    God bless you Tom Cruise!

    There are actors out there who won’t even read off-screen lines for their fellow actors but The Cruiser breaks his bones for our entertainment.

  • LordAwesome

    “Pain is temporary, film is forever.” – Michael J. Fox.

  • Nathan

    ya but does he also read off-screen lines?