Mission: Impossible, starring Tom Cruise George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has impacted the world dramatically.


Mission: Impossible, starring Tom Cruise George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, has impacted the world dramatically.

After Star Wars creator George Lucas expressed his displeasure with the opening scene of Tom Cruise’s iconic film Mission: Impossible, the scene was modified.

Tom Cruise was known for his roles in a number of dramas and romantic comedies before starring in Mission: Impossible. His life changed totally when he took on the part of Ethan Hunt in 1996, 25 years ago. He eventually became known as an action hero movie star, appearing in seven M:I films as well as other thrilling films such as Jack Reacher, Minority Report, and Edge of Tomorrow. However, before George Lucas became involved, the inception of Mission: Impossible was very different.

Brian De Palma, the director of the 1996 spy flick, recently came out regarding the film’s opening scene.

Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) gathered his agents and discussed the operation at hand in Prague during this scene.

He revealed that this was not in the original script.

“When George viewed Mission: Impossible, he thought, ‘There’s no setup to this thing,’” he explained. ‘You’ve got to get this thing going!’

“You’ve got to have that moment when they’re all seated around the table and everyone gets their instructions about what’s going to happen,” Brian said. (Image courtesy of Light The Fuse Podcast)

This scene’s conception has become a hallmark in the M:I franchise, and its basis is still used in the franchise’s films today.

De Palma said that Lucas’ advice forced him to completely reshoot the opening scene.

“We had this very bizarre moment — it’s hard for me to recall now – with Voight and somehow the jealousy issue with the wife and Tom, and then we got into the first mission,” he continued.

“And when George viewed the movie, the first thing he asked was, ‘What are these people doing?’” De Palma said. This is Mission: Impossible, and it’s about a group of people who are about to accomplish something! So you’ll need to gather them all around a table and instruct the audience on what they should do.’

“And that is exactly what we did. We went back and shot it all over again. As a result, that is an example of us assisting one another.”

Throughout their careers, Lucas and De Palma have aided each other on a few occasions.

De Palma was one of the few people who saw the first film in its original, rough-cut form. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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