Tom Cruise might be fine cruising off a cliff on a motorcycle for a movie stunt, but the actor draws the line on physical contact with co-stars.
“Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” revealed actress Pom Klementieff Entertainment Weekly who begged co-star Cruise to kick her in the trunk during an action scene. Cruise, however, declined.
“I kept telling him to kick me here,” Klementieff said. “I was clenching my abs. (I said), ‘You can just go for it.’ It was like ‘No, no, no, no, no.’ I was like, ‘But it’ll help me!’ But he wouldn’t do that.”
The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ star also opened up about the production as a whole, saying, ‘It was so special to be on location in Rome. We were shooting during COVID so we were very lucky to be here. I tried not to laugh too much because I had so much fun in the car following Fiat”.
He added of his alter ego: “When Christopher McQuarrie cast me in the role, he didn’t know what name the character was going to have. It was nice to call me Paris, being French, and then they decided I was going to speak French because I speak French in real life. (Paris) has a very different style than any other actress in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise. She has a little more punk side and she doesn’t give a fuck. So that was cool.
Director McQuarrie agrees, saying Paris is a “chaotic element” of the action film.
“No matter how deep it is hidden, you will look at it every moment and wonder what it will do,” he said. “She’s a rebel, she’s a killer, she’s extremely skilled and quite lonely too.”
“Dead Reckoning” also features one of McQuarrie’s dream stunts: crashing a 70-ton train.
“We’re big fans of Buster Keaton, John Frankenheimer, David Lean, all these filmmakers who have had a fabulous train wreck at one time or another,” McQuarrie said earlier this year working with the lead actor, producer and visionary collaborator Cruise. “I thought, ‘I earned it, I want to destroy one too.’ I think the energy that went into developing it, designing it, building it and then making a sequence to justify its existence was probably the biggest challenge of my entire life.