The fact that Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation works as well as it does is a modern miracle, given the circumstances that were placed on director Christopher McQuarrie during his post-production. For starters, the movie’s planned release date was shifted from December to July 31, largely to avoid Star Wars: The Force Awakens (according to reports). Also, from a lot of what we were hearing, McQuarrie was still tinkering with his ending as late as June (!!), trying to find the right combination of scenes that would fit.
We asked Simon Pegg about that when we interviewed him at the world premiere of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in Vienna, Austria. And he admitted (SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t yet seen the film!) that the confrontation between Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson that takes place at a café table in London wasn’t on the page when they started filming. It was necessary for the team to rethink their ending to find what best fit the motivations of the characters, which is exactly how Pegg says he likes it. He told us:
It’s definitely true that Rogue Nation is the kind of action film that opens BIG (with that eye-popping airplane stunt), then reserves the best of its stunt sequences for the middle act. I’m not sure how McQuarrie could have topped the underwater-dive-scene-into-a-car-chase-into-a-motorcycle-chase montage… so, he didn’t! He developed an ending, instead, that plays on our sympathies for the characters, placing Simon Pegg’s Benji in a life-threatening situation and forcing Ethan to use his wit and intellect to beat Lane at his own game. And the fact that McQuarrie trusted his instincts, and his cast, enough to make that change while already in the process -- and facing an enhanced deadline – shows why he’s one of the strongest working directors out there today.
Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is in theaters as we speak.
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