‘Mission Impossible 6’ shoot halted as Tom Cruise breaks ankle in stunt
The production of Mission: Impossible 6 (MI6) seems to have come to a stand-still after The Mummy actor Tom Cruise broke his ankle in a stunt gone wrong. The director of the film Christopher McQuarrie confirmed this on Wednesday whilst vowing not to push the release date back.
He took to social media to assuage fears and confirm that the movie’s planned July 27, 2018 release date would not have to be pushed back. “Thank you all for your support and concern. Tom is on the mend and MI6 is on track for 07.27.2018,” he tweeted after visiting the 55-year-old A-lister.
Cruise, known for performing his own death-defying stunts, was injured as he leapt between buildings; eventually slamming into a concrete wall.
The MI6 director further posted a link to an article with British film magazine Empire in which he said his star was “in very good spirits.”
He rejected reports that Cruise had fallen short on the jump that was filmed in central London on Saturday, maintaining that the star was always supposed to slam into the side of the target building. So as it turns out, the stunt actually went according to plan – mostly.
“What happened is a matter of coordinating what Tom is doing with what the camera is doing, which means you have to do it a number of times,” the director said.
“And 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.”