M:I 6’s Bathroom Brawl Cut a Star Who Couldn’t Keep Up With Cavill and Cruise

Mission Impossible: Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie says Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill almost had another great actor in the bathroom fight.

The filmmakers behind Mission Impossible: Fallout originally planned to cast a well-known actor as the third fighter in the movie’s brutal bathroom brawl, but Paramount dropped the idea when the actor couldn’t keep up with Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill.

Christopher McQuarrie, who directed the 2018 film Mission Impossible, revealed an early vision for the intense battle scene in the bathroom between Ethan Hunt (Cruise), August Walker (Cavill) and an unnamed fighter portrayed by stuntman Liang Yang. The third role wasn’t originally supposed to be Yang: the original plan, according to McQuarrie in The Hollywood Reporter, was to surprise the audience by making the third fighter a recognizable actor, and then creating an even bigger surprise when her character died abruptly at the end of the fight.

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While McQuarrie didn’t reveal which (or how many) actors were eligible for the role, the director did confirm that at least one actor other than Yang was a serious contender for the bathroom fight’s third fighter. The actor in question was given a “combat rating” to see if he could go on par with Cruises Hunt and Walker’s Cavill, but ultimately they couldn’t keep up. The role then went to Yang, who was already working on the film as one of his stuntmen.

“It’s a sequence that other actors simply canceled when they were getting the level of engagement required,” McQuarrie said, referring to the grueling physical exertion of filming the scene.

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In Fallout, Agent Hunt and Walker pursue a man they believe is John Lark, a mysterious anarchist who calls for the destruction of the current world order. After cornering the target in a public toilet, the agents get more than they expected when they engage in an intense fistfight with “Lark” that turns out to be bait. The impersonator wipes the floor with Cruise and Cavill as the three throw blows, whistle and throw themselves through windows, sinks and walls. Yang’s decoy wins the fight almost single-handedly before Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) intervenes and kills him with a pistol.

Although a third notable actor was used in the fight, the bathroom brawl became one of the most memorable scenes from Mission Impossible, which played a major role in Fallout’s marketing campaign. Fallout is also the top grossing film in the Mission Impossible franchise and is considered by some to be one of the greatest action films of all time.

Fallout’s sequel, the as-yet-untitled Mission Impossible 7, is currently in post-production and is slated to hit theaters on September 30, 2022. An eighth film in the series is due to hit theaters on July 7, 2023. McQuarrie has returned to direct both sequels and Cruise’s Hunt has returned to star.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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