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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Almost Made Tom Cruise The Villain

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The Mission: Impossible series has been a fan favorite ever since its initial release back in 1996. Tom Cruise, arguably one of the biggest movie stars of our generation, plays the lead role, Ethan Hunt. His charisma, talent, and willingness to perform 99% of his own death-defying stunts make this franchise a must-see. But it appears as though the beloved Ethan Hunt nearly became an evil villain in this installment. (Be warned: the following contains a handful of spoilers about Mission: Impossible – Fallout.)

Very Nearly Evil

In the popular trailer for the latest installment, we see Luther (played by Ving Rhames) holding back an aggressive Ethan and instructing him to restrain his anger, stating “Ethan! That’s not who we are!” To which the always-sly Ethan replies, “Maybe we need to reconsider that.”

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This part is in the movie. But it was almost used as a massive turning point in the entire series that would’ve ultimately ended with Tom Cruise turning into an evil character.

What Could’ve Been

In the film, Cruise is supposed to subdue a terrorist, before assuming his identity to continue his espionage. However, the original version of the script had Cruise’s character getting mentally lost in this mission and inevitably going “too far” to prove himself to his terrorist counterparts.

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Luckily, that turn towards the dark side never came to be.

The Director’s Thoughts

When asked to elaborate on the possibility of Ethan Hunt turning evil, director Christopher McQuarrie said, “The whole idea was to assume the identity of John Lark. Ethan ends up having to assume Lark’s identity without the mask.”

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Adding, “That was eventually going to take Ethan down a very dark path, all of which Tom really embraced, and which I pursued for a very long time.” Now we have to wonder if they’ll take that route in future films. What do you think?

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