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Production On 'Mission: Impossible 6' Shut Down Following Tom Cruise's Stunt Mishap

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Production is halted on the sixth installment of the Mission: Impossible series, with the stoppage lasting anywhere from six weeks to three months, sources told Variety.

The move comes after a much publicized stunt mishap in which Tom Cruise (aka Ethan Hunt) was seen attempting to jump from scaffolding onto the ledge of an adjacent building. Cruise managed to grab on to the ledge, but also slammed into the side of the building in the process. According to Business Insider, word is that Cruise may have broken his ankle and hurt his hip. The actor is expected to see a doctor this week to get a full evaluation.

Variety notes that the delay may present a variety of logistical nightmares. For one thing, many of the film's cast (it includes Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin) have projects that are slated to start after M:I 6 wraps up production in the fall. Currently, Paramount is still planning for a release on July 27, 2018, but Deadline says that this will "almost certainly" be changed. Though, as reported at Business Insider, there's hope that the film can still meet its original deadline as long as it focuses on post production work while Cruise is on the mend.

Cruise, as we'd noted before, is a fan of doing his own stunts. He's hung onto the side of a soaring plane for M:I - Rogue Nation, submerged himself underwater for six minutes in the same movie, scaled a Dubai skyscraper in M:I - Ghost Protocol, and famously dangled upside down for the first M:I movie. Deadline said that, when they asked Cruise about his penchant for dangerous stunts, his response was appropriately insane:

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When I asked him how he can strap on a harness and swing around the outside of a skyscraper 120 floors up, Cruise reasoned that he wasn’t bothered by the height; and if he was doing the same shot 20 floors up and fell, he would die from a mishap. So what difference should another 100 floors make?

Where did the 55-year-old cultivate his taste for the DIY attitude? It may have began with 1988's Cocktail; he'd apparently spent three months with an expert bartender to learn the trade. Ethan Hunt may be able to hang off the side of an Airbus A400M, but can he whip out a mean mai tai?