Is Ethan Hunt A Good Spy Or Just Really Lucky? The Mission: Impossible Cast Debates
We tried to count the number of times that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) narrowly escaped death over the course of six Mission: Impossible movies. We ran out of fingers and toes. Ethan Hunt hates to lose. And in his pursuit of justice, Ethan's extreme confidence in his reckless method usually plunges him into life-threatening danger. And somehow -- usually to Ethan's own shock -- he survives. So when CinemaBlend traveled to Paris recently to cover the world premiere of Chris McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible -- Fallout, we asked the cast if they considered Ethan Hunt to be a good agent, or just a really lucky one. Their answers were very insightful, starting with McQuarrie, who explained:
Ethan Hunt usually endangers his closest teammates when he throws himself into a mission, so we also asked Simon Pegg, whose character, Benji, has loyally assisted Ethan on numerous adventures over the years, and is now wondering if that has been a good idea. When we posed the "lucky or good" question to Pegg, the actor reflected:
Of course, we posed the question to the man himself, Tom Cruise, who has been playing Ethan Hunt for the better part of 22 years -- ever since Brian DePalma introduced IMF agent Ethan Hunt in 1996's Mission: Impossible adaptation. Cruise took the diplomatic approach, telling CinemaBlend:
Listen to insight from the full Mission: Impossible -- Fallout cast -- including Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby and Angela Bassett -- as they discuss Ethan Hunt's ability to stay alive in the face of danger below:
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout arrives in theaters in July 27, and demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible. We'll continue to roll out coverage from the Paris world premiere as we get closer to release, but basically, get your tickets now. And while you wait, give a listen to the latest episode of our official podcast, ReelBlend, which we recorded in Paris the night that we interviewed Tom Cruise. It's a fun episode that I think Mission fans will dig. Rate, review and subscribe!
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.