He is somewhat of a poster boy for Hollywood, boasting leading roles in some of the world’s biggest blockbusters.
So it’s no surprise Tom Cruise caused quite the stir when shooting scenes for the sixth installment of acclaimed movie franchise Mission: Impossible on the streets of central London on Sunday, where the actor performed a series of death-defying stunts against its famous skyline.
The 55-year-old star stopped city-dwellers in their tracks as they halted their weekend plans to stop and watch the A-list star in action – much to the dismay of some of London’s drivers, who were burdened with long queues after fans eager to see Tom brought traffic to a standstill.
Praised for performing his own stunts in the action series, Tom once again pushed his physical ability to the limit as he shot a number of high-octane scenes in the British capital.
One particular standout stunt saw Tom sprint across a rooftop in a bid to reach a helicopter that was set for taking off.
While the images taken of the moment do not confirm whether or not Tom’s character Ethan Hunt makes it in time, shots taken shortly after do show the helicopter flying over the huge crowd who paused their day to stand and spectate the display, despite the seriously chilly climes.
But their patience wasn’t in vain as Tom was later pictured flashing a broad grin and waving at the masses as he took a brief break from filming the exhilarating scenes.
The Top Gun star was forced to put filming for the highly-anticipated sequel on hold after a botched stunt, which was supposed to show Tom jump from the roof of a building and land on an adjacent wall, instead saw him break his ankle.
The incident – which happened five months ago – meant production for the movie was pushed back just shy of two months
M: I6 director Christopher McQuarrie told Empire about the incident and detailed to the film magazine how the leading man suffered the injury after three previous jumps for the stunt.
‘On the fourth try, he hit the building at a slightly different angle and he broke his ankle,’ the filmmaker said. ‘He knew the instant that he hit the building that his ankle was broken. You can see it on his face… he knew in that instant: “Well, we’re not coming back here. We’re not doing this again today”.’
Paramount, the studio making the film, issued a statement in the wake of the injury indicating that ‘production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery’.
The Hollywood Reporter claimed at the time that it would take eight to nine weeks for him to heal but it took only seven. At the time of injury, Paramount insisted that the release date of the film, July 27, 2018, will not change – and it looks to still be on track to meet this deadline.
Tom was spotted on the Essex set of Mission: Impossible 6 in October, for the first time since his injury.
Known for his adrenaline-fueled set-pieces, the star has been snapped in Paris as well as London for the upcoming flick. While most of the details of the plot of the latest film have been kept tightly under wraps, Skydance Media CEO David Ellison revealed that Tom will be performing the biggest stunt sequence of his career in the film.
Ellison told Collider: ‘What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before. It is absolutely unbelievable—he’s been training for a year.
‘It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after Rogue Nation came out [in 2015]. It’s gonna be mind-blowing.’
The acting veteran stars alongside Man Of Steel star Henry Cavill in the film, as well as a host of other big names including Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner and The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby.
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