Monday, August 10, 2015

Just Like Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson Also Did Her Own Stunts In Mission: Impossible 5

     By now we all know that Tom Cruise loves to do his own stunts. In every movie he is in, you usually see him most of the time doing stunts such as rock-climbing or scaling the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which was a major filming location of the 4th Mission Impossible. Most recently it has been a selling point of the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation film that Tom Cruise actually hanged on the side of a plane as it took off, as seen in the featurette that we shared a weeks ago. In the same trailer, we also saw Tom Cruise with newcomer Rebecca Ferguson rappelling from the top of the Vienna Opera House.     

            Just like Mr. Cruise, Ferguson chose to do her own stunts for the film such as jumping off the Opera House on the very first day of shooting. "I wrapped my legs around Tom Cruise and swore every bad word in the dictionary," the Swedish actress said. "He smiled and said, 'Are you ready?' I said, 'Go for it.' "

            Ferguson apparently practiced regularly on a harness for six weeks before the jump, working gradually up the height of the Opera roof. Considering she has vertigo, she did quite well once they started shooting in Vienna. "We must have done it 10 to 15 times, and I wanted to do more and more," Ferguson says about the 120-foot free fall.

            Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation features the first time Ferguson has done these sort of stunts, which is far from her previous films. In 2014 she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Elizabeth Woodville in the BBC series "The White Queen".

            She first got news of the role while on the filming location in Ouarzazate, Morocco shooting a miniseries titled "The Red Tent." "I was on a camel called Barbie when they called and said, 'Tom wants to meet you in London in 17 hours,' " Ferguson said.

            Ferguson then flew to London to meet Tom Cruise for the first time. "I walked in the room, and there he was -- in black jeans, a black T-shirt and a golden smile," she says. The meeting was "mostly a chemistry test to see how we got along."

            The test was a success, and the rest is history. "All these characters have something, and for me to come in and deliver something to the established cast -- it's quite intimidating, and lovely as well. You just have to go with the flow, ride the wave...,"

            Fergusonplays Ilsa Faust, a mysterious assassin who helps Ethan Hunt in bringing down the rogue nation simply called The Syndicate. She also has a signature attack called the "killer thigh move" that features a graceful but deadly technique to help bring down bigger and heavier foes.

            Catch Ferguson along with Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Alec Baldwin in the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise - Rogue Nation, that is currently out in cinemas worldwide.



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