Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell take the phrase ‘sticking together’ to a whole new level in the latest Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One featurette. With the countdown ticking down to the highly anticipated release, Paramount is revving up the excitement and has released a brand new behind-the-scenes trailer that delves into the heart-pounding chaos of the film’s thrilling Rome car chase scene. Check it out above.
In the new reel, Tom Cruise takes control of the wheel, showcasing his incredible talent for one-handed stunt driving alongside Hayley Atwell’s newcomer Grace, as they navigate the streets of Rome. We also catch a glimpse of Cruise drifting around a specially customized Fiat 500 through the cobblestone streets of the city. Tom Cruise is always on the lookout for creative ways to immerse audiences and for the upcoming movie, he takes on a daring challenge, pushing himself to new heights.
Co-writer and director Christopher McQuarrie walks us through all the behind-the-scenes drama, offering a glimpse into the creative process behind crafting the film’s exhilarating chase scene. When approaching the filming of the car chase scene, McQuarrie sought “something with a lot more ambition and unpredictability that we haven’t had in previous chases.” He also reveals that the entire scene is grounded and completely “practical”, with real cars, authentic traffic, and no CGI. Even Cruise shares his focus, emphasizing “how do we involve the audience” and “give them that thrill.”
McQuarrie reveals that he let the streets of Rome do the heavy lifting for the movie’s car chase stunt, resulting in a captivating level of unpredictability. “We let the city tell us the kind of chase it was going to be. Traffic in the city is notorious and the cobblestone streets make all of the driving unpredictable… best part is Tom and Hayley are handcuffed together,” he says in the BTS featurette.
Tom Cruise went above and beyond to deliver some jaw-dropping moments in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. From fearlessly leaping off a cliff on a bike to skillfully maneuvering cars with only one hand, Cruise left no stone unturned in delivering thrilling and authentic action sequences. In a specific scene from the upcoming film, Cruise impressively stays true to the sequence (where his character remains handcuffed to Atwell’s character), skillfully maneuvering a car with only one hand, all the while being pursued by dangerous gangsters.
The filmmakers also seized the opportunity to film the high-octane car chase scene directly on Rome’s historic cobblestone streets, adding a whole new level of excitement and danger to the entire affair. These famous streets of Rome have gained quite a notorious reputation over the years due to their inherent danger. While they possess a certain charm, the loose cobblestones can make the surface incredibly slippery, particularly when wet. As McQuarrie puts it, “Trying to do drifts everytime you think you’re going in one direction, the cobblestones on the streets say ‘No you’re not, you’re going this way.'”
The trailer shows the pair switching their ride for a compact custom-built yellow Fiat 500, which had been specially fine-tuned to surpass the performance of a typical vehicle of that model. Despite its nimble persona, it quickly became clear that controlling the car was far more challenging than anticipated. Wade Eastwood, the movie’s second unit director and stunt coordinator, candidly discussed the immense challenge involved in maneuvering the car, saying that one could “barely control the car, it was treacherous.” Tom Cruise himself describes his driving experience with the FIAT 500 as “wild,” while Christopher McQuarrie humorously remarked that some even think the car to be “possessed.”
As the trailer concludes, McQuarrie eloquently sums up their filming experience of the car chase sequence, expressing, “I don’t think we could have made a sequence that was more difficult to shoot if I had gone out of my way to do it. But, it has really amazing results.” Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One marks the seventh instalment in the beloved Mission Impossible franchise and is the first of a two-part saga, promising to bring closure to Tom Cruise’s iconic character. Besides Cruise, returning to the action-packed saga are Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One hits theatres on July 13.
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