Actor Expresses Desire to Portray Ethan Hunt in ‘Mission: Impossible’ Films Until Reaching Harrison Ford’s Age
In a recent interview, the actor expressed his desire to continue making Mission: Impossible movies for as long as Harrison Ford has been making Indiana Jones films, even when he reaches the age of 80.
“Harrison Ford is an incredibly respected figure. I aspire to have a long-lasting career like him. I have two decades to reach his level of accomplishment,” Cruise expressed to the Sydney Morning Herald. “I aim to continue making Mission: Impossible movies until I reach his age.”
Despite being 61 years old, Cruise appears to defy age with his youthful appearance and physical abilities, which he showcases through his own daring stunts in the upcoming film Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. The sequel, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two, is scheduled for release on June 28, 2024. Cruise initially portrayed the relentless IMF agent 27 years ago in the first Mission: Impossible film.
Cruise also talked about a recent social media post where he encouraged people to watch two competing movies, Barbie and Oppenheimer, which are both releasing on the same day (July 21).
“I want to watch both Barbie and Oppenheimer,” he said. “I’ll watch them on the first weekend. On Friday, I’ll watch Oppenheimer first, and then on Saturday, I’ll watch Barbie… When I was growing up, I used to watch movies in theaters. That’s also how I create them, and I enjoy that immersive experience. It’s important to have that sense of community and industry.”
Dead Reckoning Part One is expected to have the largest opening in the history of the Mission: Impossible franchise, surpassing all previous films. The seventh installment is projected to earn around $90 million during its extended opening weekend. The previous highest opening was for the sixth film, Fallout, which set a record with a three-day weekend opening of $61.2 million.
Dead Reckoning Part One has received highly positive initial reviews, currently holding an average rating of 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.