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Much ink has been spilled over Tom Cruise’s broken ankle and the delay in production of Mission: Impossible 6, but little has been said about where the injury took place.
Cruise was filming a jump on the roof of Baynard House, an unremarkable 1970s concrete office block in London’s Blackfriars district. The structure sits only yards from the ornate, 19th century Church of Scientology building, which the organization opened in 2006 after a multimillion-dollar renovation, complete with David Miscavige on hand to cut the ribbon (or, to be exact, pull a golden rope).
According to a construction worker having a cigarette nearby as the scaffolding for the ill-fated M:I 6 stunt was being packed away, Baynard House was selected because of its proximity to “Tom Cruise’s church.”
However, a London location scout for the film knocks back any conspiracy theories, telling THR that the location was “purely coincidental,” chosen as part of a major sequence along a stretch of buildings. “Although maybe [the church] was used as a green room.”
This story first appeared in the Aug. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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