Has Ethan Hunt Earned An On-Screen Death? Tom Cruise And The Mission: Impossible Cast Answer
The following story contains mild spoilers for Mission: Impossible -- Fallout. You might want to stop reading until after you have seen the movie. Go see it!
Here's something we'll apparently never see in a Mission: Impossible movie: The death of Ethan Hunt. Oh sure, Ethan (Tom Cruise) has died on screen a couple of times, having to be revived by Julia (Michelle Monaghan) in part three, and by Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson) after drowning in Rogue Nation. But I wanted to know if Ethan Hunt deserved an epic on-screen sendoff in the Mission movies, so when CinemaBlend traveled to Paris for the world premiere of Mission: Impossible -- Fallout, I posed that question to the cast and got amazing results. Let's start with the man himself, Tom Cruise, who definitively told us:
So there you have it. For as long as Tom Cruise will continue making the Mission: Impossible movies, he will never let Ethan Hunt die on screen. His two-time Mission director Christopher McQuarrie basically agrees, but sees it as a different challenge. The brilliant filmmaker explained to us:
Henry Cavill is a newcomer to this franchise with Mission: Impossible -- Fallout, and yet, he's no stranger to killing off a major character in a series' leading role. (See: Superman) He became pensive when I posed this question to him, and he reflected:
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Part of me wants to be able to see Tom Cruise give Ethan Hunt the epic sendoff that he deserves. In an earlier conversation, we played the "Lucky or Talented" game with Ethan, and in Fallout, you see that there are too many times where it feels like his luck finally will run out, sending him back to his maker. Yet, while Simon Pegg and Chris McQuarrie seem intrigued by the concept, Tom Cruise swears it won't ever happen.
Mission: Impossible -- Fallout is in theaters as we speak. You really need to stop reading this and go see it... again and again.
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