After ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Rebecca Ferguson’s Impossible Calm Amid a …

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‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ Star Rebecca Ferguson Talks Jumping Off Buildings With Tom Cruise: “If Tom Does His Own Stunts, I’m Gonna Do My Own Stunts”.

Her hushed, near-reverent tone seemed oddly suited to the otherwise deserted space, its plump seating and high-pile carpeting absorbing stray sounds and lending it the aura of a velvet-lined jewel box. With July 31’s opening of another Mission Impossible film – this fifth one a Rogue Nation filled with high-flying, deep-diving, white-knuckle action work – its uber-star and producer Tom Cruise has finally taken to the talk show circuit.“I jumped off the Vienna rooftop,” says Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson. “And I have vertigo.” But the impressive stunt is merely one of the dozens of jaw-dropping feats the cast of MI5 pulled off for the Tom Cruise film. “I did a drop that was 75 feet,” the British beauty, who audiences will recognize from The White Queen and Hercules, says. “It was me jumping up, wrapping my legs around Tom [Cruise] with my back towards the jump.Vacation — Ed Helms (TV’s “The Office”) playing Rusty Griswold follows in the unpredictable footsteps of his father, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), by taking his family to Walley World. This comes after much speculation as to why he didn’t start the publicity machine moving sooner (word has it that Cruise frankly didn’t feel like fielding Scientology questions connected to HBO’s Going Clear).

As former British Secret Service agent ‘Ilsa Faust,’ Ferguson is, in her own words, “a formidable counterpoint to everything Tom’s ‘Ethan Hunt’ is,” she says in a low, light-as-whipped-crème voice. “He’s truly met his match in Ilsa.” Talking from a suite on the sixth floor of Philly’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Broad & Chestnut, Ferguson sits cross-legged on a couch and offers me a bite from her bowl of berries (“I know your town has great food, but I think that this is all I’ll be able to sample, I’m afraid”). But as the fifth installment of the Mission Impossible series ‘Rogue Nation’ hits theaters, his new partner in crime is showing off some serious stunt work.

Ferguson said, referring to the 8-year-old waiting for her back home in southern Sweden. “We love churches.” Awe soon gave way to a sense of mischief, though. Also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, America Olivo and Hermione Corfield. (PG-13) Ant-Man in 3D — Paul Rudd plays the title character in Marvel Comics’ latest movie, which follows a man who owns a super suit and has the ability to shrink. They were so impressed, in fact, they invited the actress to participate in video auditions for “Rogue Nation.” And there’s a lot more of the actress to come.

Ferguson, 31, looking simultaneously powerful and prim in a broad-shouldered Lanvin trouser suit, didn’t think twice before kicking off her five-inch Jimmy Choo stilettos. Ferguson explained that she got her role in Mission: Impossible not so much through an audition, but rather through talking. “We met and we spoke, Tom and I. Later on in the film there’s a jump I do by myself, it’s 120 feet.” The actress has been a fan of the franchise for as long as she can remember, and the insane stunts are part of the appeal as an audience member. “They are timeless. Six days a week for six weeks, Ferguson went through some serious physical conditioning and fight choreography to turn into the heroine you see on screen. Those wardrobe standbys were well suited to her current merry-go-round of public appearances, each built around the multicity premiere of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” in which she stars opposite Tom Cruise as a latter-day Mata Hari. (The film opened Friday). “I think I need to make my feet rest in between,” Ms.

And she just completed “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the based-on-a-true-story tale of a New York heiress (Meryl Streep) who dreams of being an opera singer despite having a terrible voice. Ferguson said, her bilingual upbringing (her mother is British) having left her with flawless English, apart, that is, from an occasional and un-self-conscious lapse in syntax. Co-stars Michael Douglas, Hayley Atwell and Evangeline Lilly. (PG-13) The Gallows — Students attempt to stage a small-town play 20 years after the school’s first attempt turned deadly.

Ferguson co-stars as the mistress of Jenkins’ partner (Hugh Grant). “Most of my scenes were with Hugh but I got to watch Meryl in action,” said Ferguson, 31. “For me, just to be sitting in the audience, seeing her sing these numbers out of tune, not even touching the notes, yet keeping the extras engaged and happy, it was phenomenal. She was “in the moment,” as they say, never mind that moments ago, she had been subjected to a photo shoot and, before that, a relentless succession of Q. and A.’s, among them four phone interviews and two preliminary interviews for the “Today” show, on which she was to appear the next morning. “When I walk down the red carpet,” she said of a publicity tour that had whisked her from London to Vienna, Chicago, Toronto and New York in a handful of days, “I try not to think of the next premiere or next interview. The students have good intentions, hoping the anniversary performance honors those who have died before them, but something sinister happens once the stage curtain is moved. (R) Home — The voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, April Lawrence and Matt Jones are heard in this animated story that focuses on the alien Oh. Here’s how the Rogue Nation knife fight ranks among some of the best in movie history: Back when Arnold Schwarzenegger was in his action star prime, he made this cinematic treasure that teetered on B-movie camp but was still a totally awesome action flick.

That keeps me grounded.” She was aware, as she spoke, that hair and makeup artists stood within earshot in the adjacent lounge waiting to transform her into a cinema goddess for the “Mission” New York premiere that night. Faced with yet another impossible mission, Ethan reunites his pals and joins forces with Ilsa Faust (Ferguson), a disavowed British agent who may or may not be a member of the new deadly organization.

That was a big help here.” So was all the stunt training and a regimen of six-weeks of six hours-a-day exercise. “It’s all you can do to keep up with Tom Cruise,” she says softly. But this time, Ethan Hunt and his team (Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and more) take on a highly — dare I say it, impossible — mission, eradicating the Syndicate. Thanks, in part, to Cruise’s willingness to do many of his own stunts, the “Mission: Impossible” movies have all featured thrilling action set pieces. The fabled Syndicate is an International rogue organization that is hell bent on destroying the IMF, and most importantly, Ethan Hunt. “We did everything in this film. Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio and Judy Greer. (PG-13) Magic Mike XXL — Mike returns to the stripper world following a three-year absence, opting to join his friends, the Kings of Tampa, for one final big show and a night of memorable fun in Myrtle Beach.

Ferguson is quick to acknowledge her Bergman-esque knack for conveying worldliness and infinite weariness in a glance, a quality that captivated the filmmakers. Then again, Ferguson is up against Meryl Streep as a socialite-turned-awful-opera-singer. “There’s no action there no, but you could work up quite a sweat knowing that you’re acting next to Meryl Streep.”

Holmes — Ian McKellen stars as the one-and-only Sherlock Holmes, now retired, looking back on his life and trying to solve a case involving a beautiful woman with the help of a young protege. Cruise, the producer, who cast her almost instantly, nor the director Christopher McQuarrie ever used the phrase “femme fatale” to describe her, Ms. Stars Nat Wolff, Cara Delvinge and Austin Abrams. (PG-13) Pitch Perfect 2 — The Bella group is back and singing with more confidence and attitude in this sequel that stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld. After they are embarrassed in front of the U.S. president, the singers try to reclaim respect. (PG-13) Pixels — Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan star in this science fiction film where aliens attack Earth in the form of classic arcade games. (PG-13) Self/Less — Ryan Reynolds portrays a rich man who undergoes a radical medical experiment after he learns he is dying.

Even though Ferguson claims to be afraid of heights, she soldiered through the Vienna Opera sequence, which required her to scale down the 100 foot structure. “We did that leap on the first day of shooting,” she says. “But I’d been training to do it for a month and a half and gradually overcoming vertigo. “It was fun and scary and I knew that I could stay `stop’ at any moment. Together we got get through it.” Though Ferguson is a novice action star, her famous co-star is a known adrenaline-seeker. “He’s a guy who has found a niche. The experiment allows the man’s consciousness to be placed into a younger, healthier man’s body, but it’s a body that harbors a secret, deadly past. Is that intriguing or what?” One of Ferguson’s inspirations for the role came from watching a fellow Swede, Ingrid Bergman, play a spy in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Notorious.” It was Cruise who handed her a copy of the DVD, along with a few other Hitchcock movies. Ferguson’s role in “Rogue Nation” was, in some ways, a sly tribute to Bergman since the character’s name is meant to evoke Bergman’s Ilsa from “Casablanca.” “There’s something about Ingrid in `Notorious’ that is so graceful,” said Ferguson. “And she has a vulnerability about her that I love too.

I think it’s cool to see her apply that to the role of an undercover agent.” The daughter of a Swedish father and a British mother (who moved to Sweden to marry at the age of 25), Ferguson began acting when she was still in middle school. “I never thought acting would be an option,” she said. “But as soon as we started shooting, I loved it. Ferguson recalled. “But the realization of what you’ve gone through — I call it de-Missioning — that only comes afterward.” There will be plenty of time for that, she knows. But I had a hoot doing it.” Ferguson landed the role while still living with her boyfriend and eight-year-old son in the tiny seaside town of Simrishamn, on the south coast of Sweden. “For starters, it’s my home,” she said. “I don’t see the necessity of moving. I go out travelling all the time for work. “Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be in London and America and Asia and then I get to go back to this tiny fishing village and put on big wooly socks and shake out my hair and go kick some soccer with my son.”

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