Mission: Impossible, ‘Cruise’ing its way into our hearts since 20 years!

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This May marked the 20th Anniversary of Tom Cruise’s first major franchise, Mission: Impossible. The series, with its action filled plot lines and over-the-top stunts (we’re looking at the Burj Al-Arab scene here), captivated its audience, every time a new addition to the series released. Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to check out these 20 facts about the film, to commemorate its 20th Anniversary.

Mission: Impossible

  1. Cruise was originally not a fan of the helicopter flying into the tunnel after the train. De Palma insisted that they needed to go big for the film’s climatic set piece, so Cruise relented.
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  2. Before hiring Brian De Palma to direct, Cruise worked on the film’s story with legendary director Sydney Pollack, who’s uncredited in the final release
  3. The film was originally going to open with a scene that established a love triangle between Hunt, Phelps, and Phelps’s wife. De Palma scrapped that scene because it didn’t fit with the rest of the film.
  4. De Palma designed many of the film’s action sequences before the story connecting them was complete, forcing screenwriters to construct narratives around them.

Mission: Impossible II

  1. When developing the 2nd film of the series, director John Woo was inspired by Hitchcock’s “Notorious.” The classic thriller centers on a love triangle involving spies, and Woo wanted to bring a similar dynamic to the relationship between Ethan Hunt, the villain, Ambrose (Dougray Scott) and the love interest they both share, Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton).
  2. The opening scene, where Cruise climbs and leaps from a 2,000-foot cliff, was the scariest and most challenging of Woo’s career. Cruise did the aforementioned stunt himself, with no safety net on the ground (naturally) but with a safety harness, which was digitally-removed later.
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  3. Ambrose’s house on the water in Sydney wasn’t real. Instead, it was built of polystyrene and demolished after shooting.
  4. The famous shot of a dove flying through the fire, a Woo trademark, was computer-animated.

Mission: Impossible III

  1. Cruise became convinced that J.J. Abrams should direct the film after watching an episode of Alias at 2 a.m. one morning.
  2. Tom Cruise was holding cue cards for Crudup in the scene in which Musgrave reveals that he’s a villain. The scene was only written that morning and Crudup didn’t have time to learn his lines.
  3. Maggie Q, who plays Zhen Lei, hadn’t driven before shooting the film, a fact that became clear when she accidentally drove her character’s Lamborghini into another car during shooting in Italy.
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  4. The idea of providing mission information via a disposable camera came from Steven Spielberg.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

  1. The opening scene in Budapest was to have depicted Ethan Hunt leaping off the building and getting assassinated. When it was decided to keep Hunt (and Cruise) around, the scene was changed to involve the character of Hanaway, played by “Lost’s” Josh Holloway.
  2. The code Ethan punches into a pay phone to get his mission is 07362, the date of Cruise’s birthday.
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  3. Actor Dermot Mulroney plays cello on the film’s soundtrack; he also provided music for M:I 3.
  4. Bird included a common Easter egg that he often drops in his films: the code “A113.” It’s the number of an animation classroom at the California Institute of the Arts where he and John Lasseter studied and it appears in Ghost Protocol on Hanaway’s (Josh Holloway) class ring.
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Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation

  1. “Rogue Nation” continued the tradition of Cruise sporting long hair for the even-numbered installments, and short hair for the odd-numbered films.
  2. The airplane stunt that Tom Cruise performed himself, without any stunt double or special effects, had him suspended on the aircraft 5000 feet in the air at times!
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  3. All the good guys in the movie drive BMW cars. The bad guys drive an Audi or a Mercedes!
  4. Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames are the only actors to appear in all five films in the franchise.
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