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Tom Cruise sprints across Mission: Impossible 6 London set

Independent Online Desk
Tom Cruise sprints across Mission: Impossible 6 London set
Photo: Dailymail.co.uk

Tom Cruise was spotted in east London shooting scenes for Mission: Impossible 6 on Saturday, as he returned to the area where he famously broke his ankle in August last year - and attempted the same stunt that caused his injury just months before, reports Dailymail.co.uk.

Looking to have fully recovered from the accident, which halted the movie's production for seven weeks, the 55-year-old actor was seen throwing himself wholeheartedly into shooting as he ran across rooftops before attempting a jump similar to the one that injured him in the summer.

This time shooting took place atop Blackfriars Station, having previously filmed the scenes just metres away on the roof of office block Baynard House.

Dressed in his typical Ethan Hunt garb of black jeans and a dark top and jacket, the hunky star was seen leaping from an office window, the extras standing inside in the background, staring in shock.

He then landed on a staircase and sprinted across the roof, away from the building.

Tom was seen grinning as he rehearsed the moves, clearly far from worried about repeating the ankle break from the last time he tried it.

 

Famous for performing his own stunts, he seemed chomping at the bit to get on with it, larking around with the crew as they harnessed him in for the scene.

Tom's stunt involved him being strapped into a body harness, with a rope attached to it, creating a bouyancy for the jump, as well as a safety measure.

In contrast to the sequence they shot in the summer, Tom simply leapt from the window onto the surface below; while previously he had jumped across a gap, from one surface to another, ultimately tripping up and smashing his foot into the building's brickwork.

Tom's stunt involved him being strapped into a body harness, with a rope attached to it, creating a bouyancy for the jump, as well as a safety measure.

In contrast to the sequence they shot in the summer, Tom simply leapt from the window onto the surface below; while previously he had jumped across a gap, from one surface to another, ultimately tripping up and smashing his foot into the building's brickwork. 

In other sequences, he was seen running across the skyline at high speed - proving his recent injury is way behind him. 

In August, Tom hurt himself as he shot a sequence in which he jumped off the top of a building and careened into a neighboring wall at an awkward angle, causing the injury. 

 

M:I6 director Christopher McQuarrie told Empire about the incident and detailed to the film magazine how the leading man suffered the injury after three previous jumps for the stunt.

'On the fourth try, he hit the building at a slightly different angle and he broke his ankle,' the filmmaker said. 'He knew the instant that he hit the building that his ankle was broken.

You can see it on his face... he knew in that instant: "Well, we're not coming back here. We're not doing this again today".'

Paramount, the studio making the film, issued a statement in the wake of the injury indicating that 'production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery'.

Earlier on Saturday Tom shed the coat and scarf he had been wrapped up in while on Blackfriars Station roof and was seen darting across the tiled surface, determined to catch the helicopter in the distance that was launching into the sky.

 

The film's production was put behind after the injury happened at the end of the summer. But the star seemed eager to get back into the swing of the physical scenes on Saturday morning.

TMZ reported back in August that Tom failed a building stunt jump at least twice and came up short while trying to clear a building's ledge with one hop 'The hit against the side of the building sounds crushing,' the article said.

Tom was seen leaping through the air for the sequence, as the chopper took off above him, his steeling action star glint in his eyes.

The scenes were being shot near the Thames, with Tom running across an industrial-looking building. Tom was spotted on the Essex set of Mission: Impossible 6 in October, for the first time since his injury.

 

Much like his sequence on Saturday, he wasn't interested in taking it slow, filming a different sequence that day involving a helicopter and a truck.

Paramount Pictures announced in August that Tom had been involved in a serious injury while filming Mission: Impossible 6 - breaking his ankle.

The Hollywood Reporter claimed at the time that it would take eight to nine weeks for him to heal but it took only seven.  At the time of injury Paramount insisted that the release date of the film, July 27, 2018, will not change - and it looks to still be on track to meet this deadline.

Paramount's full statement read: 'During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt.

'Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery, and the film remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018. Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer.' 

Known for his adrenaline fueled set-pieces, the star has been snapped in Paris as well as London for the upcoming flick.  While most of the details of the plot of the latest film have been kept tightly under wraps, Skydance Media CEO David Ellison revealed that Tom will be performing the biggest stunt sequence of his career in the film.

Ellison told Collider: 'What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before. It is absolutely unbelievable—he’s been training for a year.

'It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after Rogue Nation came out [in 2015]. It’s gonna be mind-blowing.'

The upcoming movie is set to be action-packed and Tom is no stranger to getting stuck into stunts for his archive of acting work.


Over the years, he has taken part in many dramatic scenes, including submerging himself in water for six minutes to film an underwater scene of him breaking into a vault for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, being flung around an airplane cabin in zero-gravity for The Mummy and many high-speed car chases.

In one scene for 2004 flick Collateral, Jamie Foxx had to drive his car into one driven by Cruise, but misjudging the speed, Tom was sent flying into the air as his car was flung off set. 

Despite suffering a slew of minor injuries - such as hurting his ankle in a scene where fish tanks exploded for the first Mission Impossible movie back in 1996 - and facing a number of near-death moments while carrying out stunts, it hasn't put Tom off doing them himself.

Prior to this film came Mission: Impossible (1996), Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015).


He was previously praised by Rob Alonzo, the film stunt coordinator for Jack Reacher (2012), who said: 'He is better than most stunt men. He's an incredible driver, an incredible fighter and stunt performer. 

'He flies planes, he knows how to ride horses, he rides motorcycles, so any director would be lucky to have a guy like that because they can keep the camera on him the whole time and it's more engaging.' 

Tom stars alongside Man Of Steel star Henry Cavill in the film, as well as a host of other big names including Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner and The Crown's Vanessa Kirby. 

Meanwhile, Tom is facing a busy schedule, having confirmed the Top Gun sequel in May, back when he was promoting The Mummy. The long-awaited sequel to 1986's action film Top Gun will be called Top Gun: Maverick.

'I didn’t want a number, you know what I mean?' the 54-year-old told Access Hollywood while in London on the promotional trail for his current summer thriller, The Mummy. 'You don't need a number.'

The A-list stalwart hyped the film in saying, 'We're going to have the same tone we did in the first one ... aviators are back, the need for speed.

'We’re going to have big, fast machines. It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one - it’s going to be in the same vein as the first one, but a progression for Maverick.'

KK

 

 

 

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