Mission Impossible: 10 interesting trivia about the superhit movie franchise

One of the best movie franchises ever made, ‘Mission Impossible’ holds some amazing trivia that will blow your mind.

With engaging plot, adrenaline pumping action sequences, breathtaking stunts, superb visuals, powerful background score and obviously, terrific performance by Tom Cruise; ‘Mission Impossible’ has completely revolutionized the action genre in movies. The first installment of the franchise came out in the year 1996 and since then, it has just got better with time. Till now, six films have been released under the franchise and all of them have received enormous appreciation from both the critics and the audience. Here, let’s take a look at some of the most fascinating trivia about this film series.

The ‘Mission Impossible’ movies are based on a Television series of same name that aired in 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Tom Cruise was a huge fan of the show and approached Paramount Pictures to adapt it into movies. In fact, a lot of elements we see in the movies, have actually been taken from the original TV series.

The first installment (1996) is the only film in the entire ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise in which there is not a single shootout or gunfight.

All the terrific stunts Ethan Hunt does in the movies, are performed by Tom Cruise himself. This includes the Burj Khalifa tower sequence in ‘Ghost Protocol’, the aeroplane sequence in ‘Rogue Nation’, the Paris motorcycle chase sequence in ‘Fallout’ etc.

Apart from Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames is the only actor who has appeared in every single movie in the ‘Mission Impossible’ franchise.

Even before the final screenplay of the first film was completed, the director Brian De Palma had already designed the action sequences for the film. And the writers wrote the entire script based on those action sequences.

The first installment of MI franchise was the first movie to release in more than 3000 theatres in United States.

To do the HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) parachute stunt in ‘MI Fallout’, Cruise trained himself for almost a year and became the first actor to perform such highly dangerous stunt on camera.

It took four weeks for the makers to shoot the famous bathroom fight sequence in ‘Fallout’.

To perform a stunt in ‘Rogue Nation’, Tom Cruise learnt how to hold his breath underwater for more than 6 minutes. During the performance on set, he did it so efficiently that the stunt coordinator got worried if Cruise was drowning. Yes, this shows how dedicated Tom Cruise is towards his roles!

Solomon Lane (played by Sean Harris) is the only villain character who has appeared in two movies (‘Rogue Nation’ and ‘Fallout’) in the MI series.

So, which trivia amazed you the most?

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