Tom Cruise Broke Ankle in MI: Fallout Stunt – and kept filming

He does his own stunts…and sometimes gets ouchies.

What is it about actors doing their own stunts, and especially actor alum from the Mission Impossible franchise?

Tom Cruise is known for doing some crazy maneuvers in his films. [pullquote]There’s a scene in Mission Impossible: Fallout where Cruise keeps on running with a broken ankle, so the cast could wrap up filming and go home.[/pullquote]

Jeremy Renner, who also stars in the Mission Impossible franchise as an unbreakable spy, followed through one of his scenes with TWO broken arms that had to be CGIed in, after filming his chair-surfing stunt in the hit comedy Tag. (We wrote that up here.)

Hats off to these actors. (Or maybe they need a thump on the head.) 🙂

This is the scene Cruise runs around with a broken ankle. You can see him limping as he pulls himself up and keeps on filming: 

Cruise’s stunt was actually performed correctly…he was supposed to miss that wall. But he still landed wrong.  In the side take, you can see the weird and somewhat gruesome angle of his foot against the wall. Feet don’t normally look like that.

A more in-depth interview with Graham Norton on how Cruise broke his ankle in Mission Impossible: Fallout, while the audience cringes (it’s funny):

It’s nice to have a stunt person take on the option of broken and mangled body parts, but there’s a certain cachet to doing your own stuntwork. Cruise and Renner are like real-life superheroes! Renner, as Hawkeye, does play one in the Avengers films. Which makes me wonder – when will Cruise get his own role in a Marvel film?

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Movie Review for Mission Impossible: Fallout

Movie Review for Tag

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Movie Review – Tag

What a darn cute movie. I’m enchanted to learn Tag is based off a true story of some kids who decided never to grow up. The entire theater was PACKED at the first showing, and everyone in the theater not only knew a lot about the film going into it, but were very much into the playful spirit of things, whooping it up, laughing and cheering. The audience clearly had a fantastic night at the movies.

Even during the trailers for completely unrelated movies, they howled and clapped. During the preview for horror flick The Nun, at the jump scare, one person got up and ran around pretending to be the nun/ghost/whatever, and people squealed, excited and happy. I actually wondered if the entire theater-going crowd was high (this IS California). They were that rowdy and playful. It made the viewing experience unique, and added to the fun.

The cast seemed to have having as much of a ball as the audience. Everyone gave it their all. Jeremy Renner stands out as the unstoppable, never-caught tag hero (not caught in 30 years of annual play!), but really, the entire ensemble just killed it.

[pullquote]I foresee a lot of old friends starting their own games of life-long tag. [/pullquote]I want to play too. This is absolutely worth seeing. You’ll laugh and feel young again.

NOTE: Make sure to stick around through the credits for a charming and very silly version of the Tag guys singing “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by the Crash Test Dummies. What a bunch of goof balls. Loved it.

Movie Grade: A-

RunPee Meta: I gave you 3 good Peetimes, each of a decent length, where you won’t miss any of the best chase or humor scenes.

Related, on RunPee: Did you know Tag star Jeremy Renner filmed this movie with two broken arms? And yes, he broke them on set. Read what happened

Jeremy Renner filmed Tag with Two Broken Arms

I really enjoyed viewing Tag last night, a movie about a group of grownup men who spend every year in May reliving their childhood game of tag. Even while living cross-county from each other, these guys keep it up and plan the rest of the year for new ways to create elaborate and sneaky tagging hijinks. Why this movie didn’t come out in May seems like a wasted opportunity (it’s now mid-June). But it’s still a riotously fun time at the movies.

I hadn’t heard the hype for the film, which surprises me since I’m at the theater several times a week and see a ton of trailers. But word most definitely got out, as my opening show was packed and primed for a good time.

[pullquote]Another thing I didn’t realize was that Jeremy Renner, erstwhile Avenger, here as the elusive Jerry (who’s never been tagged in 30 years), played almost the entire film with two broken arms.[/pullquote] During the scene where he parkours down a flight of stacked plastic conference chairs, a hinge failed and he ended up broken as well. He reports that he didn’t know he even broke them, and kept on playing the scene.

He reported to Entertainment Weekly that there was only one scene with CGI arms (yep, we live in a world like this now), and you can’t even tell. During the rest of the film, he either wore jackets or long sleeves, and had a lot of shoulders-and-up closeups. It also helps that we don’t see much of him, fitting in with the character’s hard-to-find nature.  There are even some shots left in with splints on his arms, which eagle eyed viewers might catch. make sure you keep an eye out, and see if you notice anything at all.

So, “Hawkeye” broke BOTH arms on his second day of shooting? Alrighty then, Renner must really be an Avenger. I don’t think even Tony Stark could argue with that one.

Watch these clips talking about Renner’s experience while you get psyched to catch this frankly delightful film:

Related:

Movie Review – Tag

Tom Cruise Breaks Ankle in Mission Impossible: Fallout, and Keeps Running

Other movies with Jeremy Renner:

Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy

I don’t think there’s any question that if you liked the other Bourne movies you’ll like this one. I don’t think it’s as good as Bourne Identity, but it’s every bit as good as the other two.

The story is solid and fits into the Bourne universe perfectly. In fact…nah, I’m not going to give anything away. 🙂

Everyone is going to want to know how well Jeremy Renner fits into this role. As if there should be any doubts. Jeremy has a great talent, not just for emotional acting, but for physical acting as well.

The only weak link I might find with the movie is that there are a good number of long sequences that don’t do anything to advance the plot, besides showing people working: searching through video feeds, making fake IDs, research. That makes it easy for finding Peetimes but I think they over did it. They could have cut out 10 minutes of fluff and no one would have missed it.

Grade: A-