People like to vote and choose the best Tom Cruise films. A funny choice. Here, 3 best rated Tom Cruise best movies, and funny curiosities.
Born in July 3, 1962, Tom Cruise (Thomas Cruise Mapother IV) is an American actor and film producer. One of the best-paid actors in the world, has received three Golden Globe Awards and nominations for three Academy Awards. His films have grossed over $4 billion in North America and over $10.1 billion worldwide.
The Tom Cruise’s three most been rated films on Rotten Tomatoes, and some curiosities.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (2018)
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Produced by J. J. Abrams / Tom Cruise / Christopher McQuarrie / Jake Myers
Written by Christopher McQuarrie
Total Count: 415
User Ratings: 15,529
Starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin.
Rebecca Ferguson was pregnant while filming this movie. She was about seven months pregnant when filming was completed.
The name of Rebecca Ferguson’s character, Ilsa, is a nod to Ilsa Lund from Casablanca (1942). The reference was intended to remind people of Hollywood’s Golden Era. Director Christopher McQuarrie sees a lot of similarities between Rebecca Ferguson and actresses of that time.
Henry Cavill’s name often shows up in discussions about who should be the next James Bond. Cavill has expressed interest and thinks that he could use a lot of the stunt experience he gained from “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” in the role.
Henry Cavill is the second lead actor from The Tudors (2007) to have appeared in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. The first was Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who appeared in Mission: Impossible III (2006).
[SPOILER ALERT] While Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt) is famously known for performing his own stunts throughout the franchise, he ups the ante in this installment by performing four elaborate set pieces (mostly without green screens or stunt doubles): a HALO jump, an unusually dangerous variety of High-Altitude Low Opening parachute jumps; a helmet-free motorcycle chase through Paris, including a portion in which Hunt rides against traffic in the circle around the Arc de Triomphe; an extended foot chase across London rooftops, in which Cruise broke his ankle while jumping between two rooftops; and a helicopter chase in which Cruise does most of the piloting.
Henry Cavill revealed that even being Superman didn’t prepare him for the extreme stunts of this film. Cavill noted that his training for Superman is geared more towards body-sculpting for shirtless scenes while stunts require more functional training. He added, “It is a very different kind of preparation for this. For Superman, it is a lot of getting the body looking a certain way when inevitably Superman gets his kit off. But for this, it is not about that. It is about prepping for the stunts, rehearsing the stunts, making sure everything is finessed and going right and I love that. It was a very different approach and I enjoyed it enormously.”
In August 2017, Tom Cruise suffered an injury while filming a stunt jumping from one building to another. He was able to grab onto the other building thanks to a harness strapped onto him and to his history of performing his own stunts for action films. However, his ankle fractured upon the impact of the jump. Cruise then got up and attempted to run it off, as this was in the middle of a chase scene, before he and the crew decided to stop filming. Shooting was delayed for eight weeks following the injury. The footage of the stunt used in the film and its trailers just so happens to be the actual injury. To this day, Cruise still refers to this stunt as the easiest of all he’s had to do for this film.
This is the first time the “f” word was used in a Mission: Impossible movie.
[SPOILER ALERT] The climax in the film is portrayed to be in India, but the final shot with Hunt and Walker hanging out from a 600 meter cliff, is shot at Prekestolen in Norway. When the rescue helicopter arrives, it has a Norwegian aircraft registration, starting with LN.
The H.A.L.O skydiving sequence (distance of 7 km / 25000 feet, traveling speed of 265 – 320 km/h) was the last sequence filmed during production, but it was the first stunt designed and required a full year of planning out. The crew had only a limited time window of three minutes a day during sunset to film a jump. Because of strict air aviation regulations in France, it could only be shot in the Emirates. It took Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, the skydiving camera operator Craig O’Brien (who was instructed to keep a distance of three feet from Cruise while filming) and others involved a total of 106 jumps to get three possible takes. However, to rehearse the sequence, the crew built a custom oxygen helmet with RAF assistance that can be lit up to see a face, and then also built one of the world’s largest wind tunnels for practice. The practice doesn’t end there – Cruise and the other persons involved did five skydives a day with one in the morning, three in the afternoon, and one at dusk. Some of the other cast members turned up to visit, with Simon Pegg saying that he and his co-stars thought multiple times that Cruise was seriously about to die: “It is a daily stress going to work with him, because you don’t know if you are going to see him tomorrow.”
For more curiosities about Mission Impossible – Fallout go to IMDB.
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RISKY BUSINESS (1983)
Directed by Paul Brickman
Produced by Jon Avnet, James O’Fallon, Steve Tisch
Written by Paul Brickman
Total Count: 48
User Ratings: 71,125
Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur, Bronson Pinchot, Curtis Armstrong.
Frank Sinatra was considered for the role of Guido, but was deemed “too serious” for the role.
According to Tom Cruise, Paul Brickman was initially unsure of casting him: “Originally, Paul had seen Taps (1981) and said, ‘This guy for Joel? This guy is a killer! Let him do Amityville III!’ Somehow, my agent, without me knowing, arranged to have me just drop by the office to say hello. So I went in wearing a jean jacket, my tooth was chipped, my hair was greasy. I was pumped up and talking in an Oklahoma accent, ‘Hey, how y’all doing?’ Paul just sat there, looking at me.” Cruise returned to Tulsa but flew back to L.A. and auditioned again. “I walk in and see this stunningly gorgeous woman sitting there looking at me and I’m thinking, ‘Oh my God,'” Cruise said. “Rebecca [De Mornay] had already been cast. They wanted to see the two of us together. I tested, and to make a short story long, we didn’t test that well. Paul just believed in me.”
Timothy Hutton was the first choice for the role of Joel, but turned it down in favor of working with Sidney Lumet on Daniel (1983) in New York City. Tom Cruise and Hutton had both starred in Taps (1981).
Ten years prior to casting Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire (1996), Cameron Crowe spoke with him for Interview and asked him what he thought this movie was about. “It’s about today’s capitalistic society,” Cruise said, in 1986. “Do the means justify the ends? Do you want to help people, or do you just want to make money? Joel is questioning all of that. So am I … I’m not saying I’m some erudite political figure-but it bothers me. At least I’m asking the question. The movie is Joel’s exploration of society, how he gets sucked into this wild capitalistic ride.”
In an effort for Tom Cruise to look more “teenage” in appearance, the producers put him though an unusual bit of physical training. Cruise worked out seven days a week, in order to lose ten pounds. Once that had been accomplished, he immediately ceased working out and ate extremely fatty foods in order to add a layer of baby fat. This is how he achieved that “fresh-faced” teenage look.
Richard Dreyfuss was considered for the role of Guido.
In a 2009 interview with the A.V. Club, Bronson Pinchot said his strongest memory of working with 20-year-old Tom Cruise on this film was that (in Pinchot’s words), “he was tense and made constant, constant unrelated homophobic comments, like, ‘You want some ice cream, in case there are no gay people there?’ I mean, his lingo was larded with the most . . . there was no basis for it. It was like, ‘It’s a nice day, I’m glad there are no gay people standing here.’ Very, very strange.” In the same interview, Pinchot said working with Cruise was “weird” and called Cruise “the biggest bore on the face of the Earth.”
[SPOILER ALERT] In this movie, Joe Pantoliano’s character tells Joel he is lucky he still has his legs, arms and head. Ironically, In The Sopranos (1999), Pantoliano’s character is decapitated and his legs and arms are sawed off.
According to Bronson Pinchot, Tom Cruise would address his fellow actors by their character’s names.
For more curiosities about Risky Business go to IMDB.
For more reviews about Risky Business go to Rotten Tomatoes.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION (2015)
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Produced by Jon Avnet, James O’Fallon, Steve Tisch
Written by Christopher McQuarrie, Drew Pearce, Bruce Geller
Total Count: 312
User Ratings: 92,940
Starring J.J. Abrams, Zakaria Alaoui, Bryan Burk, Tom Cruise, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Thomas Hayslip, Helen Medrano, Jake Myers, Maricel Pagulayan, Daniel M. Stillman.
Tom Cruise performed the sequence where Ethan Hunt climbs on the outside of a flying airplane (an Airbus A400M) without the use of visual effects or a stunt double. At times, he was suspended on the aircraft five thousand feet in the air.
Tom Cruise was injured six times during the making of this movie.
Jessica Chastain was the first choice to play the female lead, but declined because she did not like the prospect of spending up to six months training for the role. This is the second time after Oblivion (2013) she turned down a role in a Tom Cruise movie. Rebecca Ferguson was unanimously the second choice, as the studio, Cruise, and Christopher McQuarrie liked her work on The White Queen (2013).
The album that Tom Cruise and Hermione Corfield discuss in the record shop is Thelonious Monk‘s 1957 album “Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane“, on the Riverside label (which features Monk, Coltrane, and Shadow Wilson on drums).
The film’s plot was very difficult to develop. Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie admitted that the film didn’t have a script when it went into production. They just had the major action sequences planned out when they started filming. For instance, the underwater heist sequence was outlined from beginning to end, but what Ethan was actually stealing was unknown while they were filming it. Some scenes of important exposition were written while they were being filmed. Drew Pearce was originally hired to pen the script, when the film was announced in August 2013, but was replaced by Will Staples in May of 2014. Staples was then let go when production began that August and Christopher McQuarrie took up writing duties while filming, with the previous scripts seemingly being largely ignored, or thrown out. Production had to be halted in February 2015, so that McQuarrie and Cruise could re-work the film’s story and ending. It is unknown how much Pearce and Staples had written for the film, or how much of their content made it into the final film, but Pearce was acknowledged for the story, and McQuarrie is credited as the Screenwriter.
The second time since 2006 that the James Bond franchise film and the Mission: Impossible entry have been released in the same year. Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Casino Royale (2006) were released the same year, and Spectre (2015) and this movie were released in 2015. In 2006 and 2015, the actors who portray the lead character in each franchise are still the same: Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, and Daniel Craig as James Bond.
[SPOILER ALERT] Sean Harris was very hesitant in accepting the role of Solomon Lane, because he felt that he remains not well known on the big screen, but more on the television circuit. The reason he took the role, was because of an exchange scene originally set at the climax where Solomon and Ethan talk about man’s loss of faith. This scene was eventually cut after previews, as it was alluded earlier, and it didn’t match the subsequent revised scenes after that.
Benedict Cumberbatch was the first actor considered to play a villain.
Tom Cruise was struck in the body by a small pebble while filming one of the takes hanging from the plane. Cruise claimed that the impact hurt so badly, he was certain he had been badly injured, and was afraid to look, once the take was over. Fortunately, the pebble merely embedded in his clothing, and he was amazed by how small it was.
When Ethan and Ilsa are talking in the train station and Ilsa suggests they run away together, she tries to justify this reasoning by claiming there will always be people like the villain, Solomon Lane, that will need to be stopped. This is reminiscent of a line Billy Crudup (John Musgrave) from Mission: Impossible III (2006) said to Ethan, when he discusses how the primary antagonist, Owen Davian (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman is like “a weed, and that if he was cut out, two more like him will spring up the next day.”
For more curiosities about Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation go to IMDB.
For more reviews about Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation go to Rotten Tomatoes.