Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise has told Sky News the release of the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible film series was “a beautiful moment” after difficulties with COVID restrictions.
Speaking at the film’s London premiere, Cruise said: “I don’t take anything for granted when making these films, especially with that time period, I’m just very proud of what we all did together.
The Sun newspaper published an audio recording in 2020 of Cruise screaming obscenities at crew members working on the film after apparent breaches of on-set social distancing.
But the legendary actor said the film’s release was “a beautiful moment to be able to share with the crew”.
He said: “You know, when you look at the film and see what we accomplished together, it meant even more.
“I’m proud of everyone with what they did to get through that.”
The latest film in the 26-year franchise, and reportedly its most expensive costing $290m (£228m), sees Cruise complete his most dangerous stunt to date.
The first day of shooting began with Cruise riding a motorcycle off a Norwegian mountain before jumping with a parachute to the ground.
He performed the stunt eight times in a row to get the perfect take.
“When I train there’s so much going on and time expands,” he said.
“When I’m dropping, that six seconds feels short and long.
Read more entertainment news:
David Furnish condemns ‘homophobia’ in Schofield coverage and hints at husband Elton John’s last UK show
Glastonbury Festival kicks off, amid fears Arctic Monkeys may have to pull out
Arrest as man ‘uses Pierce Brosnan’s outdoor shower after defecating in neighbour’s garden’
“There’s time to think about things, you know I’ve got a helicopter going across and a drone coming this way, making sure that I don’t depart from the motorcycle, that I don’t open too soon, because I have to fall long enough, I have to hold out as long as I can to open that parachute.”
“I want you to have a great summer experience watching this film,” Cruise added.
Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 1 is in cinemas on 10 July.