Tom Cruise has solidified his place as one of Hollywood’s most prolific action stars and his penchant to perform his own stunts throughout all of his adrenaline-pumping set pieces only further demonstrates that.
While Cruise’s daredevil antics may make him every blockbuster director’s dream, a recent set injury quickly turned him into a producer’s nightmare.
Reprising his role as Ethan Hunt in the highly anticipated Mission: Impossible sequel, the 55-year-old actor had a mishap that could seriously delay filming.
From hanging off the side of a plane to scaling the tallest building in the world, Tom Cruise has continuously pushed his thrill seeking limits when it comes to the wildly successful Mission: Impossible franchise, but one stunt for the sixth film put production to a halt.
The stunt involved Cruise running and making one giant leap from one building rooftop to the next. Unfortunately, his attempt to clear the gap failed and he slammed his body hard against the building wall — twice.
Reports have stated that Cruise broke his ankle in two different places from the impact with a source telling The Sun, “The injury is worse than was at first feared. Tom did serious damage and will need months to recover.”
Considering the film revolves around Cruise’s character, this recovery time is bound to hurt the production schedule. The film’s initial planned release for 2018 is now believed to be pushed back to Christmas that year.
The failed stunt was filmed at Blackfriars, central London where medics could be seen helping him at the scene. Cruise is believed to be heading back to the US for further treatment after X-rays revealed the extent of his injury.
The Mission: Impossible films are famous for their spectacular stunts and it’s unclear whether this one was minor or not. According to the film’s producer, David Ellison, the newest edition to the franchise will feature one of the craziest stunts Cruise has taken on yet.
“What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before,” Ellison told Collider in March. “It is absolutely unbelievable—he’s been training for a year. He has been working on it since right after Rogue Nation came out.”
Hopefully, Cruise’s ankle injury doesn’t affect any of these stunts Ellison teased, but if so, it might be time for this action star to start sharing screen time with a stunt double.