Paramount Pictures released a statement about Tom Cruise’s injury, saying, “During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery, and the film remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018.” Cruise has not addressed his injury, but the film studio said, “Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer.”
During the filming in London Saturday, Cruise, while wearing a safety harness, tried to run and jump from one platform onto another structure. But the actor missed the mark and slammed into the building, thus injuring himself in the process. Crew members immediately rushed to his aid as he hobbled around the set, according to E! News.
The 55-year-old actor likes doing his own stunts. “Whatever I can do to really put the audience in the scene with the character and in the movie, that’s what I want, so whatever it takes,” Cruise said to E! News in 2015. “Whatever it takes! I prefer to do everything live in camera. I think that…Look, CGI, we’re lucky to have it because it’s a tool, just like practical stunts are a tool. And it takes everyone. It takes a village making these movies. They’re incredible, top to bottom, these guys.”
At the time, Cruise, who has played Ethan Hunt since the first movie in 1996, joked that he’ll continue to star in Mission: Impossible franchise until he’s 90 years old. “They’ll be throwing me out of planes in my wheelchair at that point,” he said. “So, whatever it takes, we’ll keep going!”
That same year, the action star revealed why he’s always been willing to take big risks on the movies. “For different films, whether it’s an action movie or not, making a movie is very demanding,” he said. “I’m constantly training for one thing or the other.”
Mission: Impossible 6 also stars Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett, Sian Brooke, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie.