Featuring a cover shot of the IMF ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ team, amazing behind-the scenes photos, interviews with Tom Cruise and Brad Bird as well as quotes from Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton, the December 2011 issue of ‘Empire’ Magazine is a must-read for any ‘Mission: Impossible’ fan!
From sandstorms to vertical climbs, as Oscar-winning director Brad Bird says, “if you star is climbing up a building for real, you kinda have to show it.” As the behind-the-scenes video clip demonstrates, Tom was running, climbing and jumping out of windows from the top of the Burj Khalifa but Tom revealed to ‘Empire’s’ Mark Dinning, that filming the action sequence did have a few unexpected elements. As Tom explained, “I’m pushing myself right out and away from the building and there’s no point of reference. You know, there were no clouds! And I’m looking for certain reference points and I’m thinking, ‘When the hell do I turn back to the building so I don’t go headfirst into it?’ I came banging into the building and I can literally feel the fear emanating from the crew.” Luckily, Tom was fine and he immediately reassured the crew that he was okay. While Tom appears to be very comfortable in such hair-raising situations, co-star Jeremy Renner was admitted he is not an adrenaline junkie and hanging outside the tallest building in the world was not his “idea of a good day.” Although Jeremy faced some physically challenging conditions while filming his gritty portrayal of ‘Sergeant William James’ in the ‘Hurt Locker,’ shooting action sequences a mile and half above the earth was a new experience for him. When Jeremy pointed out to Tom that Tom didn’t have to perform these stunts, Tom just responded with his trademark grin and then just did it. “I guess that’s why he’s the biggest movie star in the world,” Jeremy told ‘Empire.’
‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ is just one of many film projects on Tom’s plate right now. Not long after filming on the musical movie ‘Rock of Ages’ wrapped, Tom was back at work in Pittsburg to shoot the big screen adaption of Lee’s Child’s best-selling novel, ‘One Shot.’
“The guy is built for movies the way Michael Phelps is built for swimming.” – Two-time Oscar winning director Brad Bird talking about Tom Cruise.
From clean-cut super spy, ‘Ethan Hunt,’ to long-haired 80s rocker, ‘Stacee Jaxx,’ to nomadic ex-military cop, ‘Jack Reacher,’ Tom continues to challenge himself both personally and professionally.
Attracted by the ‘Dirty Harry’/’James Bond’/’Josey Wales’ qualities of the ‘Jack Reacher’ character, Tom’s company acquired the film rights to the book series six years ago. The fact that ‘Reacher’ “doesn’t have a cell phone, he doesn’t have email. He’s off the grid. He pays for things in cash. He’s not at the whim of the pressures of bureaucracy” appealed to Tom.
‘One Shot’ author, Lee Child, has publicly stated that he is satisfied with the casting and considers Tom “quite possibly the best actor of his generation.” Tom also explained to ‘Empire’ that “Lee came to the readings. It’s his character and he gave me his blessing. That was important to me. If he hadn’t then I wouldn’t have done it.”
“He’s very compassionate; he can read a room and see who in the room needs something. Because of that, working with him inspires you.” – Paula Patton, Tom’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ co-star.
Learning about all of the components that go into making a film has been a passion for Tom since he appeared in ‘Taps’ and director Harold Becker made it a point to educate the emerging actor. Tom acknowledged he didn’t know a lot about the process until Harold made it a point to show him which scenes would make the final cut and explained why. Since then, Tom has continued to learn from some of the best directors in the industry, telling ‘Empire’ that Ridley Scott taught him about lenses while they were filming, ‘Legend,’ Tony Scott sparked Tom’s passion for travel after sending him all over the globe to shoot ‘Top Gun,’ while the late Stanley Kubrick showed him how important the “little moments” are.
Tom’s interest in the details is just one of the qualities that returning ‘Mission: Impossible’ co-star, Simon Pegg, admires. “He’ll know things about props or set-dressing even before the people in those departments do…There’s a reason why Tom is where he is,’ Simon remarked to ‘Empire.’
For the fourth installment of the ‘Mission: Impossible’ film series, Brad Bird steps up to the plate for his live action directorial debut and Tom told ‘Empire’ “if perfection exists, then Brad is the man who’ll find it.” Though Brad admitted, “when you’re making something handmade, outside of a computer, it’s never going to be actually perfect. That took some getting used to!”
While he might not be able to achieve the perfection that maybe possible in animated films, Brad was very excited about the opportunity to put his own artistic stamp on the franchise as well as chance to shoot in IMAX. Brad told ‘Empire’ that believes “we’ve taken a lot of showmanship out of how we present movies – the movie palaces are gone, the curtains that pull back to reveal the screen are gone- and for me, the last vestige of that showmanship is IMAX.”
Brad made good use of the IMAX cameras to capture Tom’s gravity-defying action sequences and audiences will be able to experience all the action when ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ premiers in IMAX theaters on December 16, 2011.
One of the main goals Tom and Brad had for the movie was to make it full of “popcorn moments,” scenes that are so compelling you’ll grab your popcorn. “That’s what I always hoped ‘Mission’ would be for an audience. And I really think we nailed it,” he told ‘Empire.’ From what we’ve seen of the movie so far, you better buy the big bucket of popcorn!
‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor and Léa Seydoux. Directed by Brad Bird, the film will be released nationwide on December 21, 2011!
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