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Cruise control: Why Tom said no to Henry Cavill performing this stunt in Mission: Impossible Fallout

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Jul 27, 2018

"Your mission, if you choose to accept it…," or should that be, if Tom Cruise gives you the green light to attempt it first? That's the case with the latest Mission Impossible, at least.

We all know Cruise excels in the risky business of performing his own stunts, particularly in the hugely successful Mission Impossible franchise. And according to his Mission: Impossible Fallout co-star Henry Cavill, it seems that sometimes Cruise is the only man for the job. The Man of Steel actor revealed to USA Today that Cruise refused to let him join in on trying out that insane HALO jump, over safety fears.

Cavill explained: "This is one of the saddest tales of the movie for me. The day came and I was begging Tom: 'I'm wearing a parachute, I've got some wind tunnel (training), surely I can just jump?'

"And he said, 'Henry, I know exactly how you feel. I get it, you've done every single stunt in the movie so far, but this one I can't let you do. It needs specific training.'"

However, Cavill shouldn’t feel too bad. When SYFY WIRE caught up with Cruise himself, he couldn't have been more impressed with the British actor's action chops.

"The guy is a great actor, a great athlete, very charismatic," said Cruise. "It was so much fun bringing him in. That bathroom fight is brutal. He's also tough, and you have to be... It was a very difficult fight to do. Bone-bruising, brutal, and fun. The guy is just awesome."

Perhaps Cruise – who broke his own ankle in a gnarly accident while filming the movie -- was just looking out for Cavill. After all, no one is quite as fearless when it comes to taking on these dangerous action sequences. In fact, screenwriter and director Christopher McQuarrie also told SYFY WIRE at the premiere that he has yet to come up with a stunt that Cruise has said no to: "You bring Tom stunts and then you figure [it] out. I’m always trying to create a stunt that he will say no to, and I haven’t been able to do it yet."

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