In August 2017, Tom Cruise suffered an injury while filming a stunt jumping from one building to another. He was able to grab onto the other building thanks to a harness strapped onto him and his history of performing his own stunts for action films, but his ankle fractured upon the impact of the jump. Cruise then got up and attempted to run it off, which was what the scene called for, before he and the crew decided to stop filming. Shooting was delayed for eight weeks following the injury, but the footage of the stunt used in the film and its trailers just so happened to be the actual injury.
White Widow (Vanessa Kirby) is introduced as she delivers a tribute speech to her late mother, is referred to only as "Max." and as a lover of paradoxes. While never clarified onscreen, this is likely reference to the first film in the series, which features a female British arms dealer also known only as Max (Vanessa Redgrave).
The H.A.L.O skydiving sequence (distance of 7 km / 25000 feet, traveling speed of 265 - 320 km/h) was the last sequence filmed during production, but it was the first stunt designed and required a full year of planning out. The crew had only a limited time window of three minutes a day during sunset to film a jump. Because of strict air aviation regulations in France, it could only be shot in the Emirates. It took Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, the skydiving camera operator Craig O'Brien (who was instructed to keep a distance of three feet from Cruise while filming) and others involved a total of 106 jumps to get three possible takes. However, to rehearse the sequence, the crew built a custom oxygen helmet with RAF assistance that can be lit up to see a face, and then also built one of the world's largest wind tunnels for practice. The practice doesn't end there - Cruise and the other persons involved did five skydives a day with one in the morning, three in the afternoon, and one at dusk. Some of the other cast members turned up to visit, with Simon Pegg saying that he and his co-stars thought multiple times that Cruise was seriously about to die: "It is a daily stress going to work with him, because you don't know if you are going to see him tomorrow."
Tom Cruise showed some impressive stunt driving skills during filming. The crew filmed four takes of Cruise making the 180-degree turn while driving the BMW M5 down a half-dozen steps on the streets of Paris. Three of the takes were perfect. In the last 10 degrees of the turn, he had to "turn the steering wheel, step on the clutch, and put the car into first gear in the air." Stunt drivers train their entire lives to do something like that.
Simon Pegg got in such good shape while training in the gym for his action scenes that he got eight-pack abs for the first time in 25 years even though it wasn't required for his role at all. The actor is not an action star or known for his body and was teased on set by co-stars Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill, who actually are action stars and regularly show their eight-pack abs in films. They nick-named Pegg 'Eight-Pack Peggles' due to his new found abs. Cruise said, "Six-Pack Peggles I call him! He had an amazing eight-pack going on. He's almost like Eight-Pack Peggles." Pegg responded to the good-natured teasing saying, "To be fair it was a six-pack, it wasn't quite an eight-pack. I think one morning, after training, my abs made an appearance for the first time since I was 23. You have to be in shape to do these movies and I put my mind to it. It's nice to know that I can still show out if I need to. My wife appreciates it!"
Henry Cavill revealed that even being Superman didn't prepare him for the extreme stunts of this film. Cavill noted that his training for Superman is geared more towards body-sculpting for shirtless scenes while stunts require more functional training. He added, "It is a very different kind of preparation for this. For Superman, it is a lot of getting the body looking a certain way when inevitably Superman gets his kit off. But for this, it is not about that. It is about prepping for the stunts, rehearsing the stunts, making sure everything is finessed and going right and I love that. It was a very different approach and I enjoyed it enormously."
Rescuing another person in free fall while sky diving is very difficult. Hewitt says that "it takes Accelerated Free Fall instructors over 1,000 jumps to get it right and something like 70% of the people who try to qualify at the instructor level fail. Tom had just 100 jumps to perfect this."
Simon Pegg earned the role of Benji Dunn after J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise saw him in "Shaun of the Dead." Since Benji first appeared in "Mission: Impossible III," his role has continued to expand. Pegg describes Benji as someone who has evolved into a "capable, fit secret agent with an impressive skill set."
To film the jump, Craig O'Brien used a RED Weapon camera with an IMAX lens (never before used in free fall) strapped to his helmet. O'Brien had to focus the 20 pound camera without looking through the viewfinder. A special device was created that would automatically adjust the focus by calculating the distance traveled as O'Brien moved away from the subject.
During the helicopter chase the computer voice warning Ethan about "Terrain" and telling him to "Pull Up" is the exact same voice heard giving the same warning and instructions to the pilot in the opening plane scene from Mission: Impossible II (2000).
A clause stipulated in Henry Cavill's contract forbade him from shaving his beard required for the role. During production, the producers received a phone call from Justice League producer Charles Roven requesting Cavill back for some reshoots for his role as Superman. Co-producer Jake Myers suggested letting Cavill shave his beard, shutting down production while he does his reshoots and then getting Warner Bros to pay $3 million for additional visual effects (digital moustache) on shots of Cavill after completing his Superman reshoots. Paramount got wind of the idea and shot it down immediately through the clause.
Curiously absent from the final theatrical cut is the final shot seen in several of the movie's trailers, in which Ethan Hunt appears to be flying a helicopter at ground level directly towards a tractor-trailer. The shot itself is odd, considering the entire final cut of the helicopter sequence takes place in a remote, snow-covered mountainous area, whereas the deleted shot appears to take place directly above a surface road surrounded by a thick canopy of greenery. Another bit from the trailer that was seemingly removed from the final cut was Ethan Hunt swinging on a cable above the rave crowd in Paris.
The "long-line" stunt, where Cruise climbs up a rope dangling from a helicopter and then free-falls onto its payload, was the first stunt sequence filmed in New Zealand. It was incredibly dangerous. The crew had to keep Cruise in a safety harness, but also make sure that he wouldn't get tangled in the line. Cruise surprised the crew by continuing the action once he had climbed up to the helicopter skids.
Tom Cruise was originally cast as Napoleon Solo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E before being forced to drop out as the production for the previous installment, Rogue Nation, clashed with U.N.C.L.E. As a result, Henry Cavill was moved up to play Napoleon. Impressed by his replacement and wanting to work with Cavill, he proposed to Christopher McQuarrie to cast him as Agent Walker. It was also Cruise's idea to have Vanessa Kirby cast The White Widow as Cruise was impressed by her work as Princess Margaret in the first two seasons of The Crown.
Another scene that was featured in the trailer but is missing from the theatrical cut of the film, is a scene that takes place in a snowy setting, showing Ethan Hunt and his team discovering abandoned trucks with dead soldiers inside and around them, it then shows Ethan approaching a bunker door, about to enter with his gun drawn.
Walker begins shooting at Hunt when the helicopters reach Milford Sound, where Hunt's helicopter flies just above the surface of a lake and then spirals into a waterfall. Director Christopher McQuarrie was impressed at how quickly Cruise learned how to perform a spiral. It only took him three or four days.
Due to additional safety equipment and challenges with the weather in November, the production company sought permission for about 800 landings by helicopter on the cliff Preikestolen in Norway. A stunt is supposed to be performed there at almost 2000 feet (600 meters) above the fjord below.
The Lark decoy that Walker and Hunt fight in the bathroom is played by Liang Yang. He is a wushu champion. He was also Emily Blunt's stunt double in "Edge of Tomorrow," another Cruise/McQuarrie collaboration.
It took 2 years to design and plan the "long-line" stunt. It was a team effort with a lot of moving pieces that had to align perfectly. Producer Jake Myers comments that this stunt was even more extreme than when Cruise hung onto the outside of a flying plane in "Rogue Nation" because of variables like wind.
Tom Cruise shared that when filming the motorcycle chase in Paris, the safety rig on his motorcycle was malfunctioning. The crew had a very small window in which they could get the shots they needed, so Cruise told the director, "My friend, we have got to shoot. You just put the camera out there and I will come around this corner as fast as this bike will possibly go."
Arguably the first 'proper' sequel in the series, as it relies substantially on plot devices and even antagonists established in the preceding Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), making any attempt to watch this one without having seen the previous one a very confusing experience (unlike the others which are far more individual stand-alone installments).
Cruise has been playing the character of Ethan Hunt since 1996 and thus is very familiar with what makes a "Mission: Impossible" film successful. Writer and director Christopher McQuarrie says, "Tom is the keeper of the flame. He knows Ethan Hunt, and he knows what makes him an appealing character."
Before filming the climactic helicopter chase, Tom Cruise had to complete an intense round of pilot training. He trained with Tim McAdams, the chief pilot of Airbus Helicopters, and Simon Spencer-Bower, one of the world's most highly regarded flight instructors.
According to Christopher McQuarrie, Jeremy Renner turned down a cameo in the movie to reprise his role as William Brandt. Had he accepted the cameo, Willam Brandt would have been killed off in the opening act. (As stated in this article with the director on screen rants website.)
The custom helmets that Cruise and Cavill wear needed to have LED lights around the face, so that the actors would be visible. The bulbs had to be covered in silicone so that there was no risk of igniting the oxygen should a bulb burn out.
Tom Cruise has been riding motorcycles in movies for decades now, famously including the time he rode a Kawasaki Ninja 900/GPz900R alongside an F-14 in "Top Gun." His passion for motorcycles runs deep, as he bought his first one when he was only 10 years old.
The last section of the HALO jump sequence was the last one filmed for the movie. Thinking back on that moment, Cruise recalled "Everyone was so excited and proud of what we had accomplished. That is the greatest feeling and why I think I am addicted to making movies."
The second "Mission: Impossible" movie to have IMAX-formatted sections. While Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) used 70mm IMAX cameras to shoot the Burj Khalifa sequence, this film's HALO jump sequence and the climactic helicopter chase used high-resolution Panavision Millennium DXL 8K cameras that were opened up to 1.90:1 for the digital IMAX format.
The name of Rebecca Ferguson's character, Ilsa, is a nod to Ilsa Lund from "Casablanca." The reference was intended to remind people of Hollywood's Golden Era. Director Christopher McQuarrie sees a lot of similarities between Rebecca Ferguson and actresses of that time.
Oxygen helmets were required for Cruise and Cavill at 25,000 feet, but standard helmets cover the face. In order to create a "hero" helmet, the supervising modeler and team first tried using 3-D printed hard resin, but it wasn't strong enough, so the helmets were reinforced with copper and then painted black.
Tom Cruise is the first actor to jump out of a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III from 25,000 feet in a major motion picture. Her Excellency Maryam Almheiri worked out an agreement with the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces for access to the plane used for filming, as well as the planes used in rehearsals.
Screenwriter and director Christopher McQuarrie wanted the film's climactic fight scene to take place on the edge of a cliff, but they could not find such a cliff in New Zealand. Eventually the team found Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) in Norway. It was a very difficult place to film due to the extreme weather shifts. One time when the crew was scouting the location, the wind was so strong that they had to crawl to avoid being blown over the edge.
Ving Rhames has been playing Luther since the first "Mission: Impossible" film. He says that Luther gives "a certain consciousness" to Ethan. Luther and Ethan are the only two characters to have appeared in every movie in the franchise.
Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg met on the set of "Rogue Nation" and became friends. Pegg likes that Rebecca's character Ilsa Faust is a formidable match for Ethan Hunt. "It's great to see strong female characters across the movie landscape. It's way overdue."
The musical composer on "Fallout" is Lorne Balfe, but the iconic "Mission: Impossible" theme was written by Lalo Schifrin. He wrote it in just 3 minutes. When asked why he wrote it in the unusual time signature of 5/4, he joked at a press conference in Vienna, "Everybody knows that there have been beams from outer space coming because of interplanetary flights. The people in outer space have five legs and couldn't dance to our music, so I wrote this for them."
There's a lot of turbulent air underneath an airplane going 160 miles per hour. Experienced sky diver Allan Hewitt explains that "You've got to hit it squarely in the chest, and that's quite a kick to the body. Then you have to use that airflow to help you fly down to the target." During the jump, Cruise was free falling at around 160 miles per hour.
One of the reasons composer Lorne Balfe was excited to work on "Fallout" was because Christopher McQuarrie doesn't use temp music when creating his films. "Temp music" is music from another movie or an album used as a placeholder before the movie has been scored. It can be helpful to show the scene's tone, but it doesn't allow as much creative freedom for the composer.
Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise wanted the HALO jump to take place at dusk, which meant they could only film once per day. Cruise would do four to six rehearsal jumps per day and then they would have just three minutes to film the final jump of the day just before sunset.
Walker's helicopter is an Airbus BK17. It was piloted by Marc Wolff, the shoot's aerial coordinator. Wolff called the sequence the "biggest challenge of my career, and I've been doing it for 48 years on several hundred films."
Allan Hewitt, who used to work with the British Army's Parachute Regiment, organized the team of skydivers who worked with Cruise for the jump sequence. He says that "the biggest risk of being at 25,000 is hypoxia, which is oxygen starvation... When you get hypoxic, you don't know it yourself. You think you're doing well, so it's a very dangerous situation to be in."
Tom Cruise strives to make each "Mission: Impossible" film even more thrilling a ride than the one before it. "Tom is first and foremost an entertainer. Everything he's doing in the movies is to take you to places you've never been, to show you things you've never seen, and to put you in the experience right there with him," says director Christopher McQuarrie.
Henry Cavill's name often shows up in discussions about who should be the next James Bond. Cavill has expressed interest and thinks that he could use a lot of the stunt experience he gained from "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" in the role.
The building Tom Cruise was jumping across when he broke his ankle is Baynard House, near Blackfriars, in London. It is a building owned by BT and used as offices, meeting rooms, a car park, data routing centre and telephone exchange.
Stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood thinks that people enjoy the fact that the "Mission: Impossible" movies feature real people, not superheroes who can "fly 600 feet off the roofs of cars and land on their feet."
On the first day of shooting in New Zealand, the local Maori tribe, including Chief David Higgins, performed a "Powhiri" - a ritual to welcome and honor guests. Michelle Monaghan, who plays Julia, recalls that the tribe also presented them with sacred stones. She was very honored to receive their gifts.
The two cars Ethan Hunt is shown driving in the movie are both BMW 5-Series models, albeit near-opposites from one another. The first is a preproduction version of the 2018 BMW M5 (F90), which debuted in spring 2018 and thus had yet to debut publicly when the scene featuring it was filmed in mid-2017. It features true supercar performance and can accelerate to 100kph in under three seconds. The second one, seen in part of the movie's Paris chase scene, is a vintage E28 model from the mid-1980s, presumably used by the characters because of their need for relative inconspicuousness whilst on the run from local police. While its specific badging isn't shown, it is clearly an "average" E28 as opposed to the sportier M5 variant, which featured unique wheels and was sold only in black.
The minister in the first scene was originally scripted to be Alec Baldwin, but he was unavailable at the time. Instead, Sean Harris was used in the scene which the filmmakers thought worked great for the story.
Sean Harris told the director that he could hold his breath for 45 seconds, but he had to blow air through his nose when he was upside down, quickly depleting his oxygen supply. Despite the difficulty, Harris was committed to getting the shot right.
Tom Cruise compares his character's journey in "Fallout" to the journey of Odysseus in Homer's "The Odyssey" (the book that Hunt receives at the beginning of the film). "It's an epic personal tale, and there are enormous emotional stakes for the characters," he says.
Production designer Peter Wenham says that the filmmakers wanted to show Paris in a new light. They coordinated with the military in order to take a helicopter above Paris and show off a rarely seen aerial perspective of the city.
While filming the chase sequence in London, Cruise broke his ankle during a stunt, but managed to get up and keep running until he was off camera. Cruise did everything he could to recover quickly. The doctors had thought his injury would take nine months to heal, but Cruise was able to start running, slowly, after just 10 weeks.
The Paris chase sequences are an homage to the short film "Rendezvous." Filming the short film was so dangerous that the Parisian police chief reportedly called the director, Claude Lelouch, to his office and threatened to take away his driver's license.
Filming the armored truck chase through the streets of Paris meant that many of the most popular tourist sites in the city would need to be closed. The city allowed the filmmakers control of the Arc de Triomphe for two hours on a Sunday morning starting at 6:00 AM. By the time the sun came up they only had about an hour and 15 minutes remaining, which meant little room for error.
Visitors to Paris may be surprised to learn that there are more than 180 miles of tunnels underneath the city. The underground labyrinth is also the final resting place for millions who were moved there from Parisian graveyards in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise have collaborated on 9 films together, including the previous installment in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation." Cruise wanted McQuarrie to come back and direct a second "Mission: Impossible" film, making him the first director in the history of the franchise to do so. McQuarrie agreed, but only if "Rogue Nation" and "Fallout" had different visual styles. McQuarrie notes that "one of the signature elements of the franchise is that there has been a different director for every movie."
Seven 35mm prints of the film were struck to play in certain theaters across the United States on opening day. Christopher McQuarrie also had a personal print of the film made; he hopes to screen it in Los Angeles at some point in the future.
When shooting the police ambush sequence, silk was draped from the bridge above to keep the paparazzi from being able to take photos from across the river. The view of the river was actually added later in post-production.
Beryllium was discovered by Nicholas Louis Vauquelin in 1797. It is used in alloys to build parts for aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, and communication satellites. It is also used in nuclear reactors as a moderator of neutrons. Benji should be careful handling the Beryllium as it is very toxic.
Blackfriars becomes the third London train station to feature in a Mission: Impossible film, after Liverpool Street in Mission: Impossible (1996) and Paddington in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).
This movie breaks with the tradition of Tom Cruise/Ethan Hunt wearing longer hair in every even-numbered Mission: Impossible movie. He had long hair in the second and fourth installment of the franchise.
The days were very short during the filming of the helicopter sequences because it was the beginning of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Preparations for the day's shoot had to occur before sunrise to ensure there'd be enough daylight.
Christopher McQuarrie is the first director Tom Cruise has collaborated with more than twice. They previously worked together on Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, with this film marking their third collaboration.
Ethan's wife Julia (Michelle Monaghan) first appeared in "Mission: Impossible III" and appeared to die after the events of that film. She reappeared in the next film, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" where it was revealed that her death was staged to protect her.
The helicopter sequence was shot on the South Island of New Zealand. Much of the South Island is undeveloped and can only be accessed by helicopter. Luckily, there were a lot of experienced pilots available due to the robust helicopter tourist industry there.
Near the beginning at the hospital, when Ethan lunges angrily at the bad guy on the bed, Luther holds him back and says "It's not who we are". This is a bit of a call back to MI:3, when in the Jet Ethan threatens Owen Davien, Luther shouts "This isn't you man! This isn't you"
Vanessa Kirby is well-known for playing Princess Margaret on Netflix's "The Crown," but she wanted to work on "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" because the character of The White Widow was so different than Margaret.
Director/screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie won an Academy Award for his screenplay "The Usual Suspects." That film stars Stephen Baldwin, the brother of Alec Baldwin who plays Alan Hunley in "Fallout."
Sean Harris may be known for playing darker characters in series such as "Southcliffe" or "The Borgias," but he says that he was inspired to become an actor when he saw Barbra Streisand in "Funny Girl."
Fourth Time actor Henry Cavill or his character August Walker works with a character with the surname Lane. the other three are Man Of Steel, Batman Vs. Superman and Justice League where his love life (Amy Adams) has the same last surname. but in this film its not a woman with the last name its a man (Sean Harris)
When Ethan tells The White Widow, Vanessa Kirby, that he doesn't trust her people, especially her brother, she replies, "Family. What can you do?" In The Crown (2016), her character, Princess Margaret, is also many times a liability and embarrassment for her sister, Queen Elizabeth II, because of her resistance to typical expectations of royals' behavior.
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While Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt) is famously known for performing his own stunts throughout the franchise, he ups the ante in this installment by performing four elaborate set pieces (mostly without green screens or stunt doubles): a HALO jump, an unusually dangerous variety of High-Altitude Low Opening parachute jumps; a helmet-free motorcycle chase through Paris, including a portion in which Hunt rides against traffic in the circle around the Arc de Triomphe; an extended foot chase across London rooftops, in which Cruise broke his ankle while jumping between two rooftops; and a helicopter chase in which Cruise does most of the piloting.
Christopher McQuarrie's original idea for the opening plutonium exchange sequence was to have one of Ethan's team members killed in action. He initially considered Luther but decided against it admitting that it would not work. Benji was also considered but McQuarrie feared the film will not recover well if he is to be killed off. However, when McQuarrie pitched the idea of William Brandt shot to Jeremy Renner, he turned down saying "he didn't want to take a paycheck for three days and getting blown up", thus having Brandt written out of the script. As an in-cheek joke related to this, Luther and Benji both separately said that "they should have been killed" right after the shootout.
Alec Baldwin found his fight scene with Henry Cavill particularly challenging to execute because of Cavill's sheer size and musculature. Baldwin's comment about the encounter, "I had to do a fight scene with Henry Cavill and Henry Cavill, as everyone knows, plays Superman. Well, he really is Superman. The guy's body is like it's made of marble. When you do fight scenes, you throw these punches, you tussle with the guy and you move him around... he's pretty hard to move around and his shoulders are so big that when they shot my close-up over his shoulder, I asked, could you bend down please because your shoulders are in the way of the shot. He's just so big! But I had a ball working with him."
The first re-encounter between Ethan and Ilsa in the men's washroom was originally very heavy in dialogue. Christopher McQuarrie realized that the written dialogue was dragging against his intention of making the scene lighter, so much of the dialogue was removed. In the finished film, only a few of the original dialogue lines remained.
There are several callbacks to each of the previous installments of the series, most notably - MI1: The White Widow is the daughter of Max, the arms dealer Ethan dealt with to discover Job's identity. Jim Phelps feels mistreated by his government, similar to August Walker in MI6. The opening interrogation of Fallout is also similar in structure to the cold open of the first film. MI2: Ethan also puts his rock climbing skills from the second film to good use in the finale of Fallout. MI3: Julia returning as a supporting character directly links Fallout with the events of the third film. Ghost Protocol: Benji's consistent annoyance on not being able to wear a mask is put to rest in Fallout, as he gets to wear not one, but two of them. Ethan also places hope that the White Widow and John Lark have never met, a similar gamble to his encounter with Sabine Moreau and Wistrom in Dubai. Rogue Nation: The overall plot, and the re-appearance of Alan Hunley, Solomon Lane and Ilsa Faust directly link Fallout to the previous film of the series.
The climax in the film is portrayed to be in India, but the final shot with Cruise and Cavill hanging out from a 600 meter cliff, is shot at Prekestolen in Norway. When the rescue helicopter arrives, it has a Norwegian aircraft registration, starting with LN.
CIA director Erica Sloan refers to the IMF as "Adults playing with rubber masks" on more than one occasion in this film. So far, there has indeed been at least one rubber mask scene involving an IMF agent included in every single Mission Impossible movie, including this one.
When Hunt first meets Walker to explain the Paris plan, he scans the face of Walker to explain how they will assume John Lark's identity. Later on, Hunt learns that Walker was Lark all along meaning that he actually did scan Lark's face before they even got to Paris and just didn't know it.
At one point while trying to disarm the first bomb Michelle Monaghan says "I'm a doctor, not an electrician". This is a reference to the Star Trek franchise, where multiple variations of this line have been said by various characters over its 52 year history, most famously Dr Leonard "Bones" McCoy. As of 2018, Simon Pegg has appeared in three Star Trek movies as Dr McCoy's crewmate Montgomery "Scotty" Scott. Pegg also co-wrote the third of these movies, Star Trek Beyond, in which Dr McCoy, played by Karl Urban, uses a variation of the line.