Series 22, Episode 17 - Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Palmoa Faith
Tom Cruise shares some exclusive (and somewhat gruesome) clips of the moment he broke his ankle while filming Mission: Impossible 6, and explains what went wrong, "I was chasing Henry and was meant to hit the side of the wall and pull myself over but the mistake was my foot hitting the wall. I knew instantly my ankle was broken and I really didn't want to do it again so just got up and carried on with the take. I said, 'It's broken. That's a wrap. Take me to hospital' and then everyone got on the phone and made their vacation arrangements."
Rebecca Ferguson, who is six months pregnant, interjects, "I made a baby in the break! I thought I'd have at least six months off."
Asked if his ankle is now healed, he says, "It's still broken but I'm doing well. It's not fully healed but we are shooting and we have a release date so I just have to keep going. I spent 8-10 hours a day, seven days a week in rehab because we still have some major stunts to do."
Talking about the film's title - Fallout - and its storyline, Tom says, "It takes into account all the previous Mission Impossible plots and it's the fallout of all the good things we did that are now being used against us."
And, on the extraordinary stunts featured in the film, Tom reveals, "There is one big set piece, which has been two years in the planning. We do an aerial helicopter sequence, which in terms of action is the largest we have ever done. We were flying very low near rock faces and I was literally on Henry's tail. It was incredibly exhilarating and dangerous."
Rebecca interjects, "I was rather blasé about Tom hanging off a helicopter but when he actually did the stunt I screamed. I had no idea what was going to happen. It was terrifying."
Talking about performing some of her own stunts Rebecca says, "I suffer from vertigo and I really didn't know what I was saying yes to. On the first day of shooting I had to jump off a building with Tom. All the way down I was just swearing in Tom's ear. I was very apologetic after!" Asked if her pregnancy has stopped her doing stunts, she says, "I still do as much as I can with a bump."
Henry, Rebecca and Simon Pegg all agree that working with Tom is good for them; Rebecca says, "Tom is a medical marvel so I wanted to eat well and train even during the break." Henry adds, "I went to the pie shop for a bit but then got back in shape." And Simon says, "Being in the films is definitely good for my health. In MI4 I looked like a potato!"
Henry, asked about joining the Mission Impossible cast, says, "It has been crazy but working with these people has been an absolute pleasure for me - such a profession and creative group of people. It's great to work with Tom who is all about the audience and what they want."
Simon, talking about working on the movies, says, "A long time ago I did an interview about Shaun Of The Dead and the journalist asked if I was likely to head to the US following the success of the movie and I joked, 'Well it's not like I'm going to do Mission Impossible 3 or anything.' Three weeks later JJ [Abrams] called offering me the part!"
Talking more about his career, Simon says, "I've now done the ultimate nerd hat trick - Doctor Who, Star Wars and Star Trek." Henry adds, "I'm quite geeky too and Simon and I talk about that stuff on set - quietly in dark corners! Simon's knowledge is a tad more extensive than mine, but I'm trying to catch up." Simon interjects, "But, you are Superman and that beats everything!"
Tom directs some braver members of the audience who attempt re-enactments of Tom's iconic 'running from an explosion' stunt.
Paloma Faith performs 'Til I'm Done live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat. Talking about how she believes her voice has changed for the better since giving birth, she says, "I think the organs have opened up and the lungs are in a better place!"
Asked about working with Samuel L Jackson on her new album, she says, "He owed me a favour and said yes when I asked him. I tried to direct him and give him notes and he just stared at me and said, 'I think you have the wrong guy.' I didn't do that again!"
- Friday 26th January 2018
- BBC One
- 45 minutes
Cast & crew
|Graham Norton||Host / Presenter|
|Jon Magnusson||Series Producer|
|Graham Stuart||Executive Producer|
|Chris Webster||Production Designer|
|Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis)||Composer|
Tom Cruise shows slow-mo footage of how he broke his ankle.