You don’t have to be a Tom Cruise fan to check out the most spectacular stunt in the Mission: Impossible franchise: Cruise — as Ethan Hunt — hanging outside the tallest building in the world — the Burj Khalifa — which stands almost 830 metres (2,723 feet) high in Dubai. It alone is worth the price of admission for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, now on DVD and Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment.
The action begins after the Kremlin is destroyed, and the IMF team is implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. As a result, Ghost Protocol is initiated, and Hunt and his team (Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg) go undercover to clear the IMF name and capture the actual terrorists, whose goal it is to launch a nuclear war.
We spoke to Renner to get his take on this latest entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Here is what he had to say:
Can you talk about the Burj Khalifa stunt?
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. It’s twice the size of the Empire State building in New York. We were on the top of it and it is so high that when you look down it is like the view from a plane. It’s intense. All the stunts are practical and that made that a lot of fun. There’s a lot of challenges to overcome, but, luckily, we had a man like Tom to lead the way.
I think the best thing about the stunt in respect to you is while Tom Cruise is hanging outside the building 800 metres above the Earth, you are actually safely tucked away in the building.
Exactly (laughs). We just had to sit inside and sip on some tea. We didn’t have to do all of that.
The craziest thing about that stunt is it is actually Tom Cruise. It’s not a digital Tom Cruise or a stunt man posing as Tom Cruise hanging off the building.
That’s right. It’s Tom.
While you were inside sipping tea, how was Tom? Was he freaking out being outside and so high up or was he having fun?
Oh, yeah he was having fun. He was smiling ear to ear between takes.
I think he has a lot of mountain climbing experience and one of the stunt guys behind him was one of the top mountain climbers, so being on a wire, he was as comfortable as hanging on a rock. That’s strange enough in itself. But hanging off a building like that? Maybe it’s not new to him. Maybe it is, but he certainly was enjoying himself.
Can you tell us who you play and a bit about the movie’s plot?
I play Will Brandt. He’s the chief analyst for the secretary (Tom Wilkinson), who is the head of the IMF. The IMF gets shut down essentially right after all of our characters converge — Ethan Hunt, Will Brandt and the secretary. Things go awry. Then everything shuts down, we become rogue agents essentially and hence “Ghost Protocol.” We are thrust together to overcome great obstacles and within that dynamic of the four agents you realize that not everybody is who they say they are or who they appear to be. It’s a spy franchise and you never know with spies. If they are good, bad or where their allegiances lie. That’s the case in this movie.
Your life changed in 2009 with The Hurt Locker. You were nominated for an Oscar. The film won best picture. How do you feel about the ride you have been on since The Hurt Locker?
It’s amazing. The Hurt Locker definitely changed everything for me. I’m getting opportunities now that are just amazing. Roles that I could only dream about and big, huge films like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
And you’re taking over as the face of the Bourne franchise from Matt Damon. How do you feel about climbing to what some would say is mega stardom in Hollywood?
I have no idea. I have certainly enjoyed working. I can tell you that. There have been a lot of wonderful of opportunities I have seemingly stumbled across with Mission being the first big monster out of the gate. I enjoyed the heck out of that and ever since then it has been more action movies after that. Who knows what the future holds?
Special Features:The Limited Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack includes:
- An alternate opening
- Deleted scenes
Suiting Up in Prague
Heating Up in Dubai
The Russian Prison
Shooting in IMAX