We met with British actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg, Superman himself Henry Cavill and actress and activist Angela Bassett to talk about the highly anticipated film Mission Impossible: Fallout set to be released on July 27.
Henry, Simon, how does it feel to be a part of such a big franchise as Mission Impossible?
Henry Cavill: It was enormous fun to come into a franchise like this with a group of people who have already established their characters. And for my character to be a deliberate spanner in the works, that was something which I enjoyed enormously, because I could play to that. And the guys all had a shorthand and they knew each other. And it was nice to be the new guy on the team rather than the old guy.
Simon Pegg: Yeah, of course. It’s a great honor to be part of such a long-running story and a great film series. I do feel lucky, I also feel that I earned it. But, yeah, of course, you do feel lucky to do the thing that you love to do. If you can do your hobby as a job, then that is the greatest thing that you can achieve.
Is there an impossible mission in your life that you made possible?
HC: Surviving this movie! Seriously. I honestly thought I was going to die a number of times. If I had counted them and told my mother, she would probably give Tom Cruise a call.
Angela Bassett: For me, being a part of this movie. I never dreamt that possible, saw that coming. Early one morning, about 7 a.m, the phone rang. And I thought it was a prank call, I thought it was a joke. I never got called that early for something so well-received, and it’s such a part of cinema history. So my mission impossible was winding up in this movie.
SP: Having done four now I would have expected to have been bumped off, but I feel very lucky that Benji is still around. And just being a kid and watching these kinds of films, as a youngster and finding myself in them has been quite extraordinary.
Do you think you would be a good spy?
SP: Maybe I am one.
AB: I don’t think so. I don’t think I have a good poker face.
HC: Honestly, I don’t know what the real skill sets are for spies. I mean we know what the fantasy spies do, but the great thing about spies is that you don’t know who they are.
SP: So all three of us might be.
This movie has many locations. Which was your favorite?
HC: For me it was a toss-up because I got to see New Zealand from the sky, or Pulpit Rock in Norway, which was absolutely amazing. They are stunning vistas. It was like something out of an ancient Viking saga.
AB: I guess my favorite was the scene we shot together in the Trocadero in Paris. And the Eiffel Tower in front of me, ah, that’s stunning.
HC: We’ll always have Paris.
SP: For me, it was probably New Zealand, just because it’s such a dramatic sort of landscape, and I got to go snowboarding in the summer on my weekend off. I can say that now because the film is over and I didn’t break my leg, Tom did [laughs]. But it’s an amazing country and Queenstown is a beautiful place. But Paris, you can never not love Paris.
Henry, how is your relationship with
HC: My relationship with adrenaline has become intimate because of this movie. I do feed off it quite well when I have it in scenarios where you could either embrace the adrenaline or let it control you and fall into fear. Like hanging out of that helicopter for the first time, there were points when I was very nervous about having my whole body out. But come the second time up out of the two weeks, I was leaning all the way out, because I had embraced that adrenaline and decided to have fun with it and allow it to be my partner in performance rather than a hindrance for me.
How about you Simon?
SP: Yeah, it’s good to have a little bit of adrenaline because it makes you sharper, particularly in situations which are a little bit dangerous. And it can be fun to have adrenaline secreted into your bloodstream when you are not necessarily going to die, which is why we go to theme parks and things.
Is Tom Cruise the person we see on the screen?
SP: He broke his leg while shooting. So when he broke his leg, the doctors said six months. And three months later, he was running through London full power. He is extraordinary and he’s got some sort of potion he takes, some magic.
AB: He never shies away from a challenge. Six months... Of course, he was going to prove the doctors wrong. You should be impressed by his enthusiasm, drive, determination and experience.
HC: Yeah, it’s remarkable to watch. He has a drive which is found in few people, regardless of injuries, regardless of how tired he is, or how impossible the skills to be learned in an impossible amount of time are. Such as stunt flying a helicopter in the mountains - he does it. He is as impressive as you see on screen because he actually is doing that stuff for real.