Later today, Tom Cruise stars in Mission: Impossible2 on Channel 4 at 6:35pm. Nowadays, the American star is renowned for delivering some incredibly extravagant stunts, but he was still very new to it back in 2000. However, his ambition was there. And he ended up falling out with his director over it.
While shooting Mission: Impossible 2, Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, was tasked with some extraordinary stunts. This included rock climbing, racing around on motorbikes at break-neck speeds, dodging flames and jumping from buildings – a standard day for Cruise in 2023.
But, at the time, director John Woo wanted to use different methods of hiding Cruise in these high-octane shots. On top of using stunt doubles and camera trickery, he reportedly wanted to use some CGI as well. However, Cruise was not going to agree to these terms.
Cruise was “adamant” that he was going to carry out these stunts himself for the movie. He pointed out that it would look far more realistic in the final movie. He complained that it was “far too easy” to see when a body double was being used.
Cruise likened using these methods to “cheating” the audience.