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Mission Impossible 6 premiere red carpet gossip: Tom Cruise’s ankle, Henry Cavill’s moustache and a beautiful new friendship

M:I6 stars Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Michelle Monaghan, Rebecca Ferguson and director Christopher McQuarrie all had things to share at the premiere of the new film, due out in Hong Kong this Thursday

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 July, 2018, 6:09pm
UPDATED : Monday, 23 July, 2018, 6:12pm

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Stars of the franchise’s sixth instalment turned out for the US premiere at the National Air and Space Museum. Here are five bits of intel we gathered at the event:

1. Tom Cruise’s ankle, which he broke on set, is on the mend

Cruise, who stars in the series as Impossible Missions Force agent Ethan Hunt, told USA Today that his ankle is “doing really well”. He added: “Still healing, but good.”

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Last August, production for the movie went on hiatus when Cruise was injured jumping off the roof of a building and colliding with the wall of another. He was supposed to fall short of the next roof on which his character intended to land, Cruise explained.

“It was a hard hit, and I was trying to mitigate the hit,” he said. “I thought, ‘Well, I’m just going to touch my foot,’ and I just kept it there for, really, a split-second too long, to try to soften the impact of the side of the wall.”

Cruise said he knew immediately he’d broken his ankle, but thought he should finish the shot anyway.

“I was like, ‘It’s broken, I know it’s broken, just keep going and run past the camera so that we have the shot,’” he said. “That was the first thing I thought: just get through the shot.”

Cruise said his injury hasn’t scared him away from doing his own stunts. “When you’re doing these things, stuff like that happens,” he said.

Christopher McQuarrie, who returns from the fifth instalment to direct Fallout, endorsed Cruise’s decision. “It would cease to be Mission: Impossible if he didn’t do his own stunts. Then, anybody could do it,” he said, joking that the franchise would then be more like Mission: Obviously Possible.

2. Henry Cavill isn’t shaken by #Mustachegate

Cavill’s character, August Walker, has facial hair in the film, which had to be digitally removed from Justice League when reshoots for the superhero movie overlapped with Fallout filming. Naturally, Twitter had a field day with what was dubbed #Mustachegate.

Cavill, who plays Superman, didn’t anticipate there would be such a big reaction.

“People get excited about all sorts of things, it just happen to be my moustache this time around,” he said. If you’re wondering if the hullabaloo makes him more wary of facial hair choices now, the answer is “no”.

3. Michelle Monaghan and Rebecca Ferguson became great friends during filming

At the premiere, the actresses embraced each other for photos. Monaghan, whose frock had a bright green bow in the back, joked to Ferguson, clad in a red dress, that the two looked like Christmas. Ferguson jokingly gave her friend a tutorial on how to pose without a double chin and threw her head back and began to laugh.

Monaghan gushed over her pal on the carpet. “I think [Ferguson] was one of the best things that came out of this latest movie,” she said. “[I got] to meet her and hang out with her, and I consider her a dear friend now.”

4. Wolf Blitzer spoke out about his casting

“It came about because the producers and director and everyone said, ‘You know what? Wolf Blitzer would be good in this scene,’” the journalist recalled on how he was cast to play himself in the movie. “They called me through my agent, and it took about a nanosecond for me to say, ‘Yes, of course.’”

Blitzer, host of the CNN news segment “The Situation Room”, said filming his bit in England was “very different” than his gig on CNN.

“I was thrilled to do it,” said Blitzer, who has also appeared in House of Cards and Skyfall.

5. Tom Terrific surprised fans

For those fans who attended the premiere and thought getting a selfie with the film’s star himself was a Mission: Impossible, guess again. As the red carpet was dying down, Cruise surprised fans in attendance by returning to the carpet, posing for pictures and signing autographs. This reporter witnessed him giving two lucky fans kisses on the cheek.

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Cruise wasn’t the only actor to visit with the crowd: Monaghan and Cavill also spent quite a bit of time interacting with the adoring public.