Henry Cavill Recalls Filming the Most Difficult Scene of His Career

Henry Cavill has undoubtedly been part of some difficult shoots in his career. The actor has portrayed Superman since his debut with Man of Steel in 2013, reprising his role for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. However, being a superhero isn’t the only thing on Cavill’s plate, as he also played Geralt of Rivia on the Netflix series, The Witcher. The show required a ton of sword training and challenging fight scenes, though the actor still believes another sequence was the most difficult scene of his career.

Cavill joined the Mission: Impossible franchise in 2018 with the sixth installment, Mission: Impossible – Fallout. The film saw the return of Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt while Cavill played the antagonist August Walker. Fallout is one of the most well-received movies in the long-running franchise, with a significant reason being the fight scenes between Cruise and Cavill. During an interview with Collider, the 39-year-old actor discussed the behind-the-scenes aspect of Fallout and why one particular sequence was the most challenging scene of his career.

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““[E]ven though it’s not a single shot, it’s a sequence, and I love this sequence and I would do it again in a heartbeat, but physically the most enduring […] was a ‘Mission: Impossible’ helicopter sequence. It was so extremely cold, literally above the Southern Alps in winter, with the doors open on a helicopter. I’m sticking my face into the wind and firing blanks, with all sorts of stuff flying back at me, and just doing it over, and over, and over again. Completely deaf, just waiting for the pilot to scream something inaudible and do this [gesture], which meant we are rolling. So I had to then just keep on acting with my head out the window until I assumed that they had stopped shooting.”

Cavill says he didn’t have much time for rest between takes, as the helicopters would refuel and be ready to go before he could get warm.

“So I was watching either Tom [Cruise]’s helicopter in front or behind, and watching the camera ship as well, to see when the camera ship pulled away and did its own thing. I was like, ‘Okay, I think that means I can sit back in now.’ I’ll do that for 40 minutes, then land, and then sit by a little Red Rad heater, warm my hands up. Within a half an hour they’re like, “Right, we’re refueled. Let’s go again.” It was just having to suck it up and do that for at least two weeks. That was rough, but I absolutely loved the sequence, and it was so worth it.”

Tom Cruise Will Return to Complete the Impossible With Dead Reckoning – Part One

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Unfortunately, Henry Cavill won’t be returning for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One, as his character seemingly suffered a gruesome demise at the end of Fallout. But, of course, the franchise is known to suspend belief now and again, meaning there could be a possible explanation for his return in the future though it’s very unlikely.

However, Tom Cruise will be back for more with the upcoming eighth installment, which should push the limits of Ethan Hunt even further. Dead Reckoning – Part One will see the return of beloved characters such as Simon Pegg’s Benji Dunn and Ving Rhames’ Luther Stickell. Vanessa Kirby, Cary Elwes, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell, Rob Delaney, Pom Klementieff, and Indira Varma round out the cast.

Christopher McQuarrie, who helmed the previous two installments, will return to direct the picture. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One is due out later next year on July 14, 2023. The follow-up and conclusion to the franchise, Dead Reckoning – Part Two, will arrive a year later, debuting in theaters on June 28, 2024.