Reports coming back early from the Vancouver set of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol were hazy – director Brad Bird was taken hostage and forced to read a prepared script from his captors! Things got taken to the next level when it turned out the film’s stars Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg were behind the famed PIXAR auteur’s capture! Check out the video above to see the height of this hostage drama as it unfolded, including Bird’s statement under what could only be regarded as convincing persuasion!
The director of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol released the statement as part of his videotaped acceptance speech for the ASIFA Windsor McCay Award as part of three recognized animation leaders, including The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and director Eric Goldberg! In front of industry peers, it made for a diabolical venue to release ransom demands.
As you can see in the video, both Tom and Simon demanded Bird lend his esteemed opinion to the superiority of live-action filmmaking over animation. They made a convincing argument with the help what appears to be a 9mm Beretta. The camera operator also got a taste of the creative temperament from Pegg in the form of a PG-13-rated outburst.
At the risk of some *serious* consequences, Bird gave a speech bidding farewell to his career as an animator. To be honest, with credits like Ratatouille and The Incredibles under your belt, we think that maybe the bar has been set in that department :).
However, this incident was quickly remedied. Reports back from the set have Bird quickly talking his way out of his predicament in time to enjoy his new award. We think he’s going to be an incredible live-action director with those kind of negotiating skills.