Mission Impossible 6 director Christopher McQuarrie recently clarified the extent of Tom Cruise’s injuries suffered during a stunt for the film. Don’t worry, folks: Tom is going to be okay, but he has a broken ankle and has to heal. That means: a temporary delay to the film.
McQuarrie told Empire:
Tom is great. He’s in very good spirits. He’s feeling great about the movie. Very excited in general. When I went to see him, the first thing he said when I walked in the room was, ‘dude, my ankle’s broken’. Without missing a beat, I said, ‘there’s a silver lining to this cloud. We just don’t know what it is yet.’
He also explained the exact nature of Tom’s injury, and how he received it…apparently, he had done the exact same stunt several times before, and that contrary to what some might have concluded based on the accident footage, he was always supposed to slam into the side of the building. However…
…on the fourth try, he hit the building at a slightly different angle and he broke his ankle. He knew the instant that he hit the building that his ankle was broken. You can see it on his face. We had four cameras rolling on it, and you can see it on the video that’s on the internet. He knew in that instant, ‘well, we’re not coming back here. We’re not doing this again today’. So he got up and powered through the shot, and then he got off-camera and as soon as he knew he was off-camera he went down. He knew that was the only way to preserve the shot. I don’t know that I would have the wherewithal to do that.
McQuarrie wouldn’t give an exact timeline as to how long Mission Impossible 6 would be delayed, though he said there are scenes they can shoot around minus the immediate use of Tom’s ankle.
However, when asked if he would keep the injury footage in the movie:
I now have to move heaven and earth to make sure that the shot is in the movie. We went to all that effort to get it. It’s a pretty fantastic shot.
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