Watch: Tom Cruise breaks his ankle in excruciating detail in Mission: Impossible 6 behind-the-scenes footage
In August 2017, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while filming an action scene for Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Because of his injury, production had to shut down while he healed. In a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Cruise, along with his MI 6 co-stars Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg, revealed the title of the movie and some footage. Along with the footage Cruise brought, there was also a short clip of the star filming that unfortunate action scene.
Cruise said while his ankle is still not fully healed, they’re completing filming on the action sequel to meet its July 27 release. In the footage, we can see Cruise leaping off a building and crashing into a wall. He said he was supposed to crash into the wall, but the impact turned out to be heavier than expected. “Everyone thought that was the stunt; I was going to run across and hit the side of the wall and pull myself over,” he said.
The clip even shows the exact moment Cruise’s ankle collided with the wall, forcing the others to cringe. “I can’t watch this,” Simon Pegg said.
Norton played the footage from three angles, with increasing intensity. The audience let out gasps of shock each time, but before the third and final angle was played, Norton warned everyone that if they’re squeamish, they should turn away. Pegg obliged.
“Here is why Tom Cruise gets paid the big bucks,” Norton finished. Cruise is known to perform his own stunts, and has consistently pushed the boundaries in the Mission: Impossible movies. In Ghost Protocol, he jumped off the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and in Rogue Nation, he was harnessed to a large plane as it took off.
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