The stunt-related injury that Tom Cruise suffered while filming Mission: Impossible 6 has been deemed serious enough to shut down filming for likely three months. The 55-year old is known for doing the majority of his own stunts, but a video surfaced a few days back showing the actor coming up short on a building-to-building leap. He was wearing a harness and wires and caught the edge of the roof, pulling himself up and trying to finish the shot — but he was seen limping immediately and it looked like he struck the building pretty hard.
The postponement of film will likely force Paramount and Skydance to shuffle their film release schedule, and the three-month delay will almost certainly push M:I6 out of its planned July 27th, 2018 release date. Unconfirmed rumors have it that Cruise suffered a broken foot or ankle even though it looked like he took most of the hit with his torso. The actor is expected to see a doctor for a final verdict and just how long he will need to recover.
Cruise’s accident comes on the heels of two recent fatal filming events: stuntman John Bernecker, who fell 30 feet to his death during a fight scene rehearsal for The Walking Dead, and the death of Joi ‘SJ’ Harris during a motorcycle stunt on the set of Deadpool 2 earlier this week. There is an inherent danger to stunts no matter how much you prepare and how many safety precautions you take. I can imagine that the producers of M:I6 and other upcoming Cruise films will pressure the actor to not do as many of his own stunts as he used to.