Tom Cruise Reveals Footage of 'Mission: Impossible' Stunt Injury
Five months after Tom Cruise broke his ankle on the set of Mission: Impossible — Fallout and stalled production, the injury has yet to fully heal. Nevertheless, the veteran actor appears to have a sense of humor about it.
In a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show with co-stars Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson, Cruise said that the new film is now about six weeks away from wrapping. "It's still broken, but I'm doing well. It's not fully healed, but we're shooting," the star told Norton of the injury, sustained in August while he was doing a stunt requiring him to leap from one building to another.
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When Norton told him that working on a broken ankle was "nuts," Cruise said, "But we have a release date, so we've got to keep going." The film is still on schedule to release on July 28, 2018.
Though online commenters viewing previously released footage of the injury have noted that it was strange Cruise broke his foot while jumping into a building wall, rather than his jaw, Cruise said that hitting the wall was part of the stunt. "I was going to run across, and hit the side of the wall and pull myself over. That wasn't the mistake," he explained.
Cruise brought footage from three angles to show how his foot got hurt, instead of his jaw. "If you are squeamish, don't watch this," Norton warned the audience in the room. "A bone doesn't pop out or anything but it is an odd angle for anyone's foot to be at."
After showing footage from behind, from the side and in front, Norton marveled that Cruise began to run again after sustaining the injury, to which Cruise replied, "I didn't want to do [the stunt] again. I knew it was broken and I just said 'Ugh,' and I ran past the camera. We got the shot, it's in the movie. That profile shot, both those shots, are in the movie."
Pegg then took the chance to joke, "Everyone said, when you got up and ran out of shot, 'Oh, that's so him.' "
by Abid Rahman