Straight from a Kryptonian resurrection in Justice League, Henry Cavill has turned his sights to Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible: Fallout, playing CIA agent August Walker, assigned to take him in.
“Walker is a blunt force-trauma style weapon,” Cavill says in an exclusive interview. “He’s used as a preemptive strike or last resort by the CIA. He’s Ordell Robbie’s AK-47, so is obviously not going to get along with Ethan Hunt’s scalpel-esque, no collateral damage approach. His journey is fittingly simply: The mission and the greater good at all costs.”
“What’s unique about the action in every Mission Impossible movie?” he asks rhetorically. “It ups the ante. We do things in this movie that have never been done before on screen. The things that Tom and I went through were both extremely exciting and excitingly dangerous. There was some discomfort, too. I have to say, Tom is fascinating to watch and interact with on set. His mind is constantly living in both performance and producing, even in the middle of takes. It clearly makes for a better movie but is an incredibly difficult space to exist within for a performer or producer, in my opinion. It’s a space, however, that Tom seemingly exists within effortlessly.
“Mission Impossible,” he adds, “does the difficult job of switching it’s pace and tone each time. Audiences’ moods change with the times and Mission has managed to adapt to those moods each time; stepping into new and uncomfortable territory each time they shoot, rather than getting comfortable and following the formula of the previous success.”
He’s equally effusive regarding returning writer/director Christopher McQuarrie and what he’s brought to the film. “He’s a very talented director and, dare I say, my favorite so far,” offers Cavill. “He encourages collaboration, he writes exceptionally well and without arrogance; he knows what he wants and is open to discussion of that at any time of day or night and, on top of that all, he is a lovely man. It’s story first for McQ, and his style is adaptive. There are other things, too, but this will just turn into a list rather than an answer were I to go on.”
He does, however, add the surprising way he ended up cast in the film: “Chris and I, while having conversations privately, also started to have discussions very publicly on Instagram. That’s the first time I’ve been asked to be in a blockbuster movie on social media. Maybe not the last, though?”
Whatever happens, the odds are the subject of Cavill’s Mission Impossible mustache — which became such a CG albatross on reshoots of Justice League — will no longer be an issue, though it’s tough to read the actor’s emotions on the subject.
“I miss that furry little fella,” he says.
Mission Impossible: Fallout opens on July 27th.
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