It was during the year 2018 when Henry Cavill collided with Tom Cruise on the sets of Mission: Impossible – Fallout. During the infamous “bathroom scene” wherein the duo had to fight it out in a battle of fists, Henry Cavill became iconic for a few seconds.
As if “reloading” his fists, Henry Cavill pumped his fists in the air before making a hit which made the internet go crazy as huge amounts of memes were made. The actor now clarifies the air and addresses the famous “reloading his arm” scene from Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Henry Cavill And His Arm Reloading in Mission: Impossible
After the success of the movie, Henry Cavill became an icon for his iconic “arm reloading” scene. The actor addressed the move in the Happy Sad Confused Podcast. It was not something that was planned by the actor but it occurred naturally after weeks of doing the same stuff over and over again.
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It was agreed by both Henry Cavill and Tom Cruise that the exercise had left them sore and injured as the shooting for the bathroom fight scene continued for three weeks. And out of that exertion and boredom, was born the iconic movie of arm reloading by Henry Cavill.
“It was actually because we need to – it was a rather intense fight scene, we actually had been shooting it for about three weeks at that stage, which is a long time in comparison to things like The Witcher, we get a day. And everything starts to get quite sore after a while, because it’s a lot of repetitive motion.”
The actor continued,
“And the connective tendons in my biceps were getting sore, so I had to warm them up before I threw punches. I would literally do that to warm them up, and I did it once, and I thought ‘oh, god that probably looked really stupid I can’t believe I did that.’ And I said, ‘oh sorry McQ [director Christopher McQuarrie], I’ll do that again.’”
Christopher McQuarrie, who was the director of the movie noticed the arm reloading motion of Henry Cavill and asked him to do it again. Although neither the director nor the actor had any idea about the iconic motion, what ended up happening…was truly epic.
“And he’s like, ‘do what? Okay, whatever, let’s go again.’ And then I did another take without doing it, and he’s like, ‘why didn’t you do that thing? That was good.’ And I was like, ‘that was good?’ And he said, ‘yes! Definitely do that.’ And we did.”
The final shot of the scene includes Henry Cavill pumping his fists in the air before going for a punch and the three weeks’ worth of shooting for the actors definitely seemed to pay off as the scene was considered one of the finest Hollywood has to offer.
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Henry Cavill’s Arm Reloading Saved His Career
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Following the fight scene, the film received much love and appreciation for being one of the finest from the Mission: Impossible franchise. The memes and his iconic acting were enough to keep the actor floating on the fame and the popularity that fans showered on him. The actor would then go on to star in famous roles such as Geralt of Rivia and his continued legacy of Superman.
Following the tumultuous times the actor faced when Superman’s role was in jeopardy, Dwayne Johnson pulled through for his friend. Henry Cavill is all set to return to the DCEU more prominently following his cameo in Black Adam.
Black Adam is currently running in theaters across the world.
The Mission: Impossible franchise is available to stream on Paramout+.