This week’s full trailer for “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” showed off what looks like a key stunt that could open the movie. In the scene, Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt seems to be breaking into a flooded vault of some kind and is doing so free diving (ie. with no SCUBA gear).
In a new interview with USA Today, Cruise says what will add to the tension of the sequence is not only that it’s a single take but it involved him holding his breath for around six-and-a-half minutes. He tells the paper:
“It’s something I have always wanted to do. [Director Christopher McQuarrie] and I have been thinking about it since working on ‘Edge of Tomorrow.’ I have done a lot of underwater sequences. But we wanted to create a suspense underwater sequence without cuts.
So doing that sequence was really interesting. We’re underwater and we’re doing breath-holds of 6 to 6 1/2 minutes. So I was doing all my training with the other stuff (on-set). It was very taxing stuff.”
We’ll see the results for ourselves in just under two months when “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” opens in cinemas on July 31st.