Mission: Impossible- the famous series of action spy thriller films based on the television series of the same name, produced by and starring Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt.The series follows the missions of the Impossible Missions Force’s main field team under the command of Hunt, who is forced to take over after the team is betrayed from within in the first film.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the mission impossible series that you probably don’t know:
1. John Woo’s final cut of the second ‘Mission: Impossible’ film stood at a staggering 3.5 hours. The studio insisted that the final cut not be more than 2 hours, which could explain why there are so many continuity errors and plot holes in the film. There was also no real script for the film as many of the shots were actually written around its action scenes. ‘Rogue Nation’, too, stopped production so that the end of the film could be changed.
2. At the end of ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’, Ethan receives instructions for his next mission regarding a terrorist organization called the Syndicate. This is a nod to the original 1966 ‘Mission: Impossible’ television series, in which the Syndicate was a Mafia-like crime empire used as an enemy for most of IMF’s domestic-based missions. You’ll have to watch ‘Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation’ to see how the makers have altered the Syndicate to cater to modern sensibilities.
3. Director David Fincher was first slated to direct the third installation of ‘Mission: Impossible’ since he wanted to produce ‘Lords of Dogtown’. Eventually, he didn’t direct that film too. Fincher’s storyline for the third ‘Mission: Impossible’ series was centred around Africa’s black market trade of body parts.
4. Tom Cruise did the vast majority of his own stunts in most of the ‘Mission: Impossible’ films. While he has suffered injuries while performing them, one of the most bizarre injuries Cruise had was during the making of the third film when the actor cracked a couple of ribs after simply turning his torso too quickly.
5. Tom Cruise was approached to star as Napoleon Solo in ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ but had to decline the film in order to work on ‘Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation’. The role eventually went to Henry Cavill. By the way, that film releases at the end of the month!
6. The film’s producers originally wanted ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ director Brad Bird to return to helm ‘Rogue Nation’ as well. Bird declined the offer in order to work on ‘Tomorrowland’. Tom Cruise then hired Christopher McQuarrie who directed Cruise in ‘Jack Reacher’ and has written Tom Cruise movies like ‘Valkyrie’, ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ and ‘Jack Reacher’.
7. The subtitle of the latest ‘Mission: Impossible’ film (Rogue Nation) caused a minor tussle between Paramount and Disney. The latter had just announced its Star Wars spin-off called ‘Rogue One’ around the same time as ‘Rogue Nation’ was launched. Eventually both studios come to an agreement that specified that in exchange for use the title, Disney wouldn’t promote or release any promotional materials of its own film until Paramount’s film was released. Get ready for a whole lot of news about ‘Rogue One’ now.
8. For the money shot of ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’, the production crew built a glass wall on a soundstage so Cruise could practice climbing a surface similar to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The soundstage was even heated with bright lights to simulate the hot desert sun. Cruise built his endurance and spent months on the wall before undertaking the actual stunt. During filming in Dubai, the production team was given almost unrestricted access to Burj Khalifa and was allowed to take over entire floors in the building as well as remove 26 of its giant plate-glass windows.
9. The knife-near-the-eye moment in the second ‘Mission: Impossible’ film in the climax fight was not a part of the scene until the day of shooting. John Woo wanted the knife to get close to Cruise’s face but nowhere near as close to his face as his eye. However, Cruise insisted on doing the scene as realistically as possible – basically a quarter of an inch from his eye. A rig was especially built that allowed a cable to be attached to the knife that would stop just short of Cruise’s eye.
10. For the first ‘Mission: Impossible’ movie, Apple paid a reported $15 million sponsorship deal to promote the company’s Powerbook. The deal didn’t work well for Apple as the movie had to recall several Powerbooks soon upon the movie’s release. Also, even though Ethan Hunt uses a Powerbook 5300c in the movie, another character insists on using a different brand when complex computing is needed.