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“His recent conduct has been unacceptable”: Tom Cruise Was Fired From Paramount During Mission: Impossible 3, Begged Star to Return After Tropic Thunder

Tom Cruise Was Fired From Paramount During Mission Impossible 3

When someone starts a conversation about the best films that Tom Cruise has done in his career, most of those films will be from the Mission: Impossible franchise, and for very good reason as well. Continuously giving the audiences some of the best action and stunts scenes in the industry, while still managing to somehow raise the stakes higher with every consecutive addition to the series is a commendable achievement, to say the least.

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation (2017).
Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible: Rouge Nation

With leading such as successful franchise, comes the responsibility to constantly. better yourself with the new additions to the series, which is what Cruise is known to do in this franchise. Infamous for doing all his stunts on his own in every single film of the series, it’s always awe and inspiration to the audience when they look at these stunt sequences in theatres. But for the studio, it’s always about how he pushes past all the limitations, which is something that they don’t like.

Tom Cruise Fired After Mission: Impossible 3, But They Couldn’t Do Another MI Without Him

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible franchise
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible franchise

Although every time Tom Cruise does an insane stunt to bring the audiences to the edge of their seats, it’s often the production company and the studios who have their hearts skip a beat at the end. This especially reached a critical point during Mission: Impossible 3, where the infamous bridge shootout scene takes place. This was the last straw for Paramount Pictures because the scene included the Top Gun star running the entire length of the bridge and getting slammed into a vehicle, all of which he did himself of course.

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Seeing the fact that putting himself in danger is how Cruise used to get his kicks out of the franchise had Paramount leaving no choice but to cut ties with him for good. In their official statement, the studio said:

“We don’t think that someone who effectuates creative suicide and costs the company revenue should be on the lot, His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount.”

But what they didn’t know was the fact that they couldn’t keep Tom Cruise away from the series, even if they wanted to. After his performance in 2008’s action-comedy Tropic Thunder, Paramount Pictures was more than happy to take him back, but under the condition that Jeremy Renner becomes a part of the franchise as the future replacement to Cruise’s character of Ethan Hunt. But when Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol made a whopping $700 Million at the box office, the studio brought back The Mummy star entirely, proving that he was inseparable from the series.

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What To Expect From Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning?

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise hanging from a biplane in Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning

As is the case with every Mission: Impossible film, we can expect Tom Cruise to do some death-defying stunts on his own, but with even more danger involved. As for the story, we can expect the same thrill and action that we all love about the franchise, but with even higher and deadlier stakes involved. As the trailer of the new film gives us the information that the upcoming film will be a two-part series, fans are already preparing themselves for more of what they love.

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Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One, in cinemas on 14th July 2023

Source: The Things

Written by Deepak Bisht

Currently pursuing BBA from GGSIPU, New Delhi. I have gained 4 months of content writing experience with FandomWire with more than 250 articles under my name. Just a typical nerd talking about nerdy things with people of the world.