The now classic vault scene from the first Mission Impossible The movie almost cut out because Tom Cruise kept hitting his face on the ground. When legendary filmmaker Brian De Palma brought the popular 1960s television series to life on the big screen in 1996, very few people could have predicted that Mission Impossible it would become a hugely popular franchise 25 years later. But in addition to launching what has undoubtedly been a very lucrative franchise, the first Mission Impossible The film also marked the beginning of Cruise’s fairly seamless transition to making high-stakes action movies.
Prior to Mission Impossible, Cruise had starred in action movies Top gun Y Stormy days. However, Mission Impossible it gave Cruise something much more different than the previous movies; began to physically push himself to create moments on screen that were enough to attract audiences. Although the first movie didn’t offer the same caliber of jaw-dropping stunts as the future Mission Impossible The installments did, the movie still had its share of impressive moments, with one moment in particular becoming one of the most recognizable in the franchise.
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How 2021 marks the 25thth De Palma anniversary Mission ImpossibleCruise recently sat down to chat about one of his most memorable moments working on the film. But as he says Primordial Movies‘, the official YouTube channel, the famous vault scene in which Ethan Hunt descends horizontally inches from an alarmed floor was not so easy to film. In fact, the scene came very close to being eliminated entirely, if Cruise’s trademark determination hadn’t helped him find a way to make the challenging feat work:
When you look at that shot, I go from the computer to the floor and I remember that time was running out and I went down to the floor, I kept hitting my face and the shot didn’t work. And we were running out of time, we had a lot to do. So I approached the specialists and said, “Give me coins.” You know, here in England they have pound coins, so I put the pound coins in and hung the wires to see if it was level. And I had to make it, you know, so I said it was okay. I said Brian was like, “One more and I’ll cut it off and I’ll do it,” and I said, “I can do it,” you know. It was also very physical, like pushing myself, I’m doing it. So I went down, starting with the computer, I went down to the end, a beautiful set, like De Palma’s, has incredible taste, I went down to the ground and did not play, and I remember I was there, I was like, Oh my God, do not touch. And he was holding it, holding it, holding it, holding it. And I’m sweating and sweating and then he keeps rolling. I realize that Brian says he’s doing it, that he’s doing it. It’s like we did it, we did it, we did it, I say, I’m not going to stop. And I heard him off-camera and I could, he has a very different laugh, and very, you know, when he laughs, he makes me laugh and he just, I could hear him start howling and say “Okay … cut.”
As with most of Cruise’s stunts in the franchise, he managed to make the physicality of everything look simple. But as he clearly points out, the vault scene was anything but simple and it was only through Cruise’s own determination that the scene finally ended up in the movie. It’s hard to imagine that Mission Impossible It would have been like without that scene, but the series is possibly much richer for that. Additionally, Cruise’s triumph over the more challenging aspects of the scene allowed him to push himself even harder in subsequent installments.
Today feels like stunt work on Mission Impossible is not at the same level as what was being done even four years later in Mission: Impossible 2, much less what the public has become accustomed to in recent years. The stunts in the Mission Impossible The franchise has grown increasingly dangerous for Cruise, with recent entries in which he dangles from a flying plane and leaps over rooftops. But the vault scene was unique for its time, spawning copycats and parodies, and ultimately gave the franchise the boost it needed to be in a league of its own.
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