“It just didn’t make any sense”: Tom Cruise Regrets Killing Childhood Friend Emilio Estevez in Mission Impossible as Franchise Spanned Into $3.5B Mammoth

“It just didn’t make any sense”: Tom Cruise Regrets Killing Childhood Friend Emilio Estevez in Mission Impossible as Franchise Spanned Into $3.5B Mammoth

As Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 is coming close to its release, fans of the secret agent series will see Tom Cruise in his iconic role of Ethan Hunt for a seventh time. Even though the actor has played the role of a secret agent in several movies, the role of Ethan Hunt hits differently for the fans of the movie series.

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A poster of Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One

And as the fans of the series are eagerly waiting for the sequel, Emilio Estevez shares how the Top Gun: Maverick actor regrets killing off his character for the growth of the franchise. Emilio Estevez played a brief part in the first Mission Impossible movie, which was released in 1996. The actor shared that Tom Cruise wished that the franchise had not killed his character, and how he went to extreme lengths for a possible revival of his character in future movies.


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Tom Cruise Regrets Killing His Friend in Mission Impossible 1

In an exclusive interview with Uproxx, the actor shares how Tom Cruise was remorseful for killing his friend in the first film. Emilio Estevez played the role of Jack Harmon in the first movie as an IMF agent and the technology expert of Cruise’s team was brutally killed in the first film the actor regretted his decision as the franchise became mammoth-sized.

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Emilio Estevez as Jack Harmon in Mission Impossible 1

“The way Tom had explained it, he said, ‘Look, I’d love for you to come and join the cast. The whole opening number where everybody gets wiped out, it’s going to be a lot of well-known people and all of them are going to go uncredited and it’s really going to set up the level of peril for Ethan.’ And I said, ‘I’m in. You don’t have to ask me twice, I’m in.’ And then afterwards, obviously, the movie’s a giant hit.”

Estevez added how Cruise and John Woo repented their decision by killing Ethan Hunt’s team in the first film, especially the character played by the actor. They thought of ways to bring Jack Harmon back, but the character was crushed in the elevator shaft which made his return impossible.

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“Tom was like, we were doing a run the year after that and he says, ‘Man, we made such a mistake killing you off.’ He and [director] John Woo were trying to figure out a way to bring me back for part two, but it just didn’t make sense. I thought you could have because with all the masks, right?”

As The Breakfast Club actor stated how Tom Cruise and John Woo had been finding ways to resurrect the actor but could not think of a convincing way. Even though it is too late now, there is a possible way that can bring the actor back into the franchise.


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Emilio Estevez Could Return To Mission Impossible Franchise

While the franchise is known for numerous elements, one of them being the ridiculous and over-the-top stunts taking place in the movies. And it looks too late, Estevez might make a return to the franchise, as fans of the secret agent series know, that it features advanced technology which features believable life-like masks and voice emulators.

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Emilio Estevez

While Harmon could not survive being crushed in the elevator shaft, he might make a return as the mastermind working behind the scenes. As a result, he faked his own death, which would convince the fans as well as not ruin the reputation of the franchise. And for convincing reasons, it would be better if his revival is shown in Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 for the excitement and a better connection to the plot.

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Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 will release in theatres on 12th July 2023.

Source: Uproxx




Written by Tushar Auddy

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