More Maverick? Tom Cruise is totally up for a ‘Top Gun’ sequel

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jeremy Renner leads returning team in ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’.

When it comes to all-time favorite Tom Cruise movies, Top Gun is right up there. Tom Cruise said he didn’t want a stunt double to pull off one of the epic scenes for “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” so he suited up and did it himself. Whether it’s his indomitable work ethic, the power of Xenu coursing through his veins or him being an indestructible android sent from a distant future, Tom Cruise is unstoppable. The result is that Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames had a chance to take their characters more than a few bounds forward. “I love the dynamics between Jeremy, Simon and Ving on this film as you see the IMF team come under pressure and almost fracture,” says Tom Cruise. “It looks like the IMF is about to split apart and the whole story is going to blow up basically – and that’s integral to a Mission movie.” As Luther Stickell — the computer expert who first appeared in the original “Mission: Impossible” directed by Brian De Palma – and William Brandt – the IMF agent assigned to guard Ethan Hunt in “Ghost Protocol” — team up to track Ethan, it was a blast for the filmmakers to watch Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames riffing off each other.

I want to shoot it like how we shot the first one.” The comments come after Skydance CEO David Ellison was quoted last month as saying work on a Top Gun 2 screenplay was underway. Rogue Nation will have plenty of the kind of action scenes that have helped make the series so popular, from a wild car chase through the streets of Morocco to Cruise jumping feet first into some sort of water vortex. It’s so much fun to watch them all together.” Director Christopher McQuarrie was thrilled to give the returning cast more screen-time than ever. “We really wanted to get to the ‘Best of the IMF’ in this film.

When Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is confronted and cornered by IMF director Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny), he uses an explosive stick of gum to destroy the restaurant’s giant aquarium, sending a wall of water cascading through the place and into the street. What’s fantastic for me as a director is that each of these actors brings their own special quality and my job was simply to find everyone’s individual rhythms and synch them together,” he explains. “And of course throughout it all, Tom was the anchor. The sequence was shot on sets with green screens, but Cruise was being battered by a powerful wind machine while dangling from mock-ups of a bullet train and a chopper. When he’s not on the job, Ethan apparently likes to stay in shape by climbing treacherous red rock peaks in Moab, Utah, as seen in M:I-2’s opening scene.

I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to tell him how dangerous this really is,’” Cruise recalls. “So I’m driving high speed, drifting into very narrow allies, slamming up against the wall at times, really trying to push it to the edge while he was cracking me up with his performance!” Adds Ellison: “Simon is hilarious but he also brings in a phenomenal new incarnation of Benji from the one we first met. When you see him willing to risk his life for Ethan out of true friendship, it feels incredibly authentic.” Pegg admits that he could hardly wait to head off on another “Mission: Impossible.” “When you get that call that they’re doing another one, it’s always exciting,” he explains. “Then you wait for the script, hoping your character doesn’t die!” One thing that hasn’t altered, says Pegg, is the appeal of the “Mission” premise – that there are people willing to attempt the impossible to keep the rest of us safe. “Here we are 20 years later and we’re still out there saving the world – so this story obviously has still got a lot to give,” he reflects. “The world has changed and the missions have grown more complex, but there are still a lot of bad guys out there who should be stopped and I think ‘Mission: Impossible’ is a wish fulfillment in that respect. Whether you like director John Woo or not, this scene had his fingerprints all over it, as Ethan and rogue agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) end a motorcycle chase by jumping off their bikes and colliding in midair. There’s seriousness to that idea, but at the same time, we play with it with such a sense of adventure and fun that you can’t help but be swept up in that.” Practical sets and digital effects were blended for this sequence, but Cruise did get yanked by a cable into a nearby car to simulate being tossed through the air by an explosion.

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