Tak­ing flight

Strapped to fly­ing Air­bus in new ‘Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble’, Tom Cruise muses on right cam­era an­gle

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - NEWS -

Tom Cruise in ‘Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble’, film.

Imag­ine this. You’re strapped to the out­side of a fly­ing jet­liner, thou­sands of feet above ground and rapidly ris­ing. What would be go­ing through your head?

“You’re think­ing about the light­ing, the an­gle, how’s the shot,” says Tom Cruise or his latest hair-rais­ing stunt in “Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble - Rogue Na­tion.” “Plus, you want to live through it.”

In Vi­enna on Thurs­day for the world pre­miere of their film, Cruise and other leads in the cast talked to The As­so­ci­ated Press about its mak­ing — and how they al­ready miss the months of hard work that went into the fifth in the Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble se­ries.

With part of the film play­ing in the Aus­trian cap­i­tal, the choice of Vi­enna made sense. One of the most sus­pense­ful episodes takes the au­di­ence to the city’s or­nate opera house where Cruise, as Ethan Hunt, plays a deadly game of hide-andgo seek mem­bers of The Syn­di­cate, a dark force bent on de­stroy­ing the earth - and while they’re at it, killing Aus­tria’s chan­cel­lor.

One of the shots fired at the Aus­trian politi­cian be­fore his car is blown up is by Ilsa Faust. Played by Swedish ac­tress Re­becca Fer­gu­son, she ap­pears by turns to be a bad­die then Hunt’s ally. It all turns out well in the end, both in the film and for Fer­gu­son who says she has grown through the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s been such a ride, when it comes to chal­leng­ing your­self, phys­i­cally work­ing along­side Tom Cruise,” she said. Fer­gu­son, who trained in­tensely for weeks for the phys­i­cal­ity she dis­played in the film’s fight­ing scenes, called the ex­pe­ri­ence “ex­haust­ing, ex­hil­a­rat­ing and ... in­tox­i­cat­ing,” adding: “Now I’m sort of decom­mis­sion­ing, re­al­iz­ing what ac­tu­ally has hap­pened.”

Ditto for the reg­u­lars. Si­mon Pegg as Hunt side­kick Benji Dunn, has seen his share of Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble se­quels - and wants more.

“It’s some­thing I rel­ish,” he said. “When I’m on Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble, I don’t want to be do­ing any­thing else.”

He tipped the hat to di­rec­tor and screen writer Christo­pher McQuar­rie when asked how the im­prob­a­ble be­comes be­liev­able in the film.

McQuar­rie said Pegg was “able to re­ally in­vest the script with a sense of im­pos­si­bil­ity and ad­ven­ture - but also with char­ac­ter and things that made the char­ac­ters more re­lat­able and more real.

“No mat­ter how spec­tac­u­lar the ac­tion is, if you don’t care about the peo­ple in­volved in the ac­tion, then it’s mean­ing­less.”

But ul­ti­mately, the latest Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble is about the ac­tion - like all oth­ers be­fore it. Wear­ing con­tact lenses to pro­tect his eyes from specks of de­bris, Cruise hangs on the Air­bus, scrapes his knee on the as­phalt in a breath­tak­ing mo­tor­cy­cle chase and holds his breath for a full six min­utes un­der wa­ter as he bat­tles — and ul­ti­mately de­stroys — The Syn­di­cate.

He smiles, when asked if he is close to the limit with his ever­more dar­ing stunts.

“I’ve al­ways done that, push­ing my­self,” he said. “I’m think­ing about the au­di­ence and what can I do to en­ter­tain the au­di­ence.”

AP PHOTO

U.S. ac­tor Tom Cruise waves to fans as he at­tends the Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble – Rogue Na­tion World Pre­miere, at the Vi­enna State Opera in Vi­enna, Aus­tria, Thurs­day, July 23.

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