Befitting a movie that dangles Tom Cruise from the world’s tallest building, Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” preem on Monday may have boasted the biggest red-carpet plastic tent ever. The Versailles-sized behemoth outside the Ziegfeld extended into a lane on West 54th Street to include three rows of bleachers for fans — so they could be stationed opposite the press. Cruise, as is now his tradition, posed for pics with those worshippers and signed all their poster sheets.
The Brad Bird-directed thriller began a mere 75 minutes late, followed by a multi-tiered buffet party at nearby MoMA. On the red carpet, the pic’s team members mused on their own personal missions impossible:
“Just making movies, it’s a dream come true, something I never thought I’d get to do,” Cruise said.
“I don’t think anything’s impossible,” Jeremy Renner said. “There are things that are difficult to manage, like the amazing opportunity that’s come my way. But it’s fun.”
“Surviving this film,” Bird said.
“This red carpet, to a degree,” Simon Pegg said. “The press tour has been immense.”
“Riding a bike,” Michael Nyqvist said. “I remember when I was 6, I tried for many years — that was in Stockholm.”