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Mission Impossible Stunts
Mission Impossible Stunts

'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Director Details Filming of Tom Cruise's Big Stunts

For Variety‘s “Playback” podcast, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” director Christopher McQuarrie walked us through filming Tom Cruise’s insane stunts.

“Any of the stuff you see in ‘Mission: Impossible’ we could very easily do on a stage somewhere,” he said. “It will not give you the same visceral energy that you’re experiencing when you watch your star doing it, and I’m able to shoot things in a way that I couldn’t do otherwise. There’s no doubt that there’s a large element of him having a great time doing it, but for Tom, it’s not about, ‘Hey, look at me!’ It’s about, ‘Look at Ethan!’ I shoot everything in a somewhat voyeuristic point of view, but not a voyeur peering in from the doorway. You’re right over Henry Cavill’s shoulder, over Tom’s shoulder. So Tom and I work together to create that sort of immersive experience so that you’re with Ethan and you feel what’s happening. You’re just that much more invested. That’s really what we’re after.”

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