The Mission Impossible crew in Seoul
By Noh Hyun-gi
Only when he’s a hundred years old he will consider retiring from the Mission: Impossible series, Tom Cruise, 49, said at a press conference in Yongsan, Seoul, Friday.
Cruise is in Seoul with actress Paula Patton, 35, and director Bradley Bird, 45, as part of a promotional tour for the movie “Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” the fourth installment of the series.
Cruise, who is visiting Korea for the fifth time, showed jaw-dropping stunt scenes in the new film. He climbs the tallest structure in the world, the Burj Khalifa, a sky scrapper in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. “Bird came up with the sequence and it actually took many months to come up with how to do it,” Cruise said.
“The stunts are difficult but it is part of the story telling. I think it adds and it adds an interesting element to storytelling,” he said.
Patton, who plays Jane Carter described the movie an incredible ride. She said the most memorable moment was shooting at an Indian palace. She feels lucky to be a part of the film directed by Bird and produced by Cruise.
This film is the first action movie for Bird, an Academy winning director famous for directing “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille.” He said his favorite scene in the movie were shots in Dubai. “The sequence that takes part in Burj Khalifa is really attractive to me … it’s almost like a mini motion picture within the motion picture.”
The three said that the making of the latest installment was filled with laughter. Bird elaborated that there were times the crew got mad because the actors could not deliver the lines because they were laughing.
Cruise, who had been wanting to work with Bird for some time, said that shooting this movie was an incredible experience not just because of the action but also for the comedy and drama within.
“It’s a creative process of figuring things out: discovering character moments and working and seeing things come together,” he said.
The actor also expressed how he feels especially honored to be back. “Mission I was the first film I have ever produced, and to be here, with a fourth film, it’s incredible. I cannot wait for the Korean audience to see it”
“Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol”will open at IMAX theaters on Dec. 13 and to all theaters in Dec 15.