Tom Cruise Reflects on How Mission Impossible Director Brian de Palma Pitched Him That Famous Scene

No matter how you slice it, the Mission: Impossible franchise is a years-long, painstakingly crafted masterwork of adrenaline. Originally meant to be a standalone spy action flick, it became a successful worldwide phenomenon and sparked a new, ferocious fire under the action movie genre as we know it, not only adding to it but actually setting a new standard of expectation. It also launched Tom Cruise literally and metaphorically into the stratosphere as a nigh-untouchable action superstar, synonymous with the most authentic, death-defying stunt work imaginable and a tirelessly enthusiastic work ethic.

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