If you’re an A-list actor who insists on doing all your own stunts on a project that’s chock-full of them, it’s cool when you can look back and laugh about the inevitable “ouch!” moments. And when it comes to “ouch,” the broken ankle Tom Cruise sustained last summer on the set of Mission: Impossible — Fallout ranks among the truly cringe-worthy.
How do we know that? Because Cruise has shared, for the first time, up-close footage of the injury happening, even walking fans through the anatomy of the building-jump sequence that led to his now-infamous, project-sidelining mishap.
During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Cruise appeared with video clip in tow, a handful of cast members, and an ankle that’s still broken, to put on a mini-seminar in stunt filming 101, Ethan Hunt-style.
Before you check it out, we’ve gotta throw up a quick yellow flag: It’s not a blood-and-gore affair, but Cruise's injury is pretty gnarly-looking. If seeing bones and joints go, in the blink of an eye, from whole and healthy to convincingly out of alignment... well, if that's not your bag, then consider this your heads-up not to watch.
As Cruise explains, Ethan Hunt was never meant to successfully make the impossibly distant leap onto that roof. But he wasn’t meant to crack his ankle against the side of the building, either. The injury temporary halted filming on M:I — Fallout, even though it (so far) appears not to have pushed back the project’s summer 2018 release.
As for the injury itself? “It’s not fully healed, but we’re shooting,” said Cruise, who estimated filming on this sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise won’t wrap for at least another six weeks. “We have a release date, so we’ve gotta keep going,” he joked.
If there’s an upside, other than Cruise’s good-natured outlook on the whole thing, it’s that the fated ankle-breaking shot is actually the take we’ll get to see in the finished film. “That profile shot; both those shots, are in the movie,” Cruise said.
It was also pretty cool to see the film’s core cast — Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon Pegg — join Cruise onstage for his play-by-play of a stunt gone wrong.
The Christopher McQuarrie-directed Mission: Impossible — Fallout is still on track for its July 27, 2018, release.