The day after Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Henry Cavill had suddenly become more fascinating than anyone thought, and not just in the eyes of fans. The world was already caught up with the man, and every time Cavill’s antagonist appeared onscreen in his cinematic persona, the role seemed to take on a life of its own.
Among those Henry Cavill managed to impress were franchise lead Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie. Soon, the rest of the population and social media would be obsessed with the infamous “arm reload” scene that the actor later revealed originally happened as a total fluke.
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Tom Cruise springs from Henry Cavill’s arm reloading moment
It’s not every day that the embodiment of a Hollywood icon is mesmerized by someone above her arm swing. But it happened to Tom Cruise who hasn’t stopped fangirling over Henry Cavill’s tiny but unforgettable feature where the latter flexes his arm muscles before an action sequence by extending them forward in succession fast, looking like someone was reloading a gun. Cruise later recounted the moment during a BBC Radio 1 interview with Ali Plumb:
“We watched this over and over in rush in the editing room. We’re like, ‘How did you do that Henry?’ »
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The action sequence in question was shot during the filming of Mission: Impossible – Fallout where Ethan Hunt and August Walker fight someone in a nightclub bathroom thinking it was John Lark. The scene went on to garner immense praise and recognition among action movie lovers for its incredible setting locked in a mirrored environment, making it impossible to miss a single moment of the choreographed fight.
Henry Cavill remembers how he invented the arm reload trait
Mission: Impossible – Falloutthe sixth installment of Impossible mission The franchise was bigger in size and power than any of its predecessors. And so Henry Cavill’s role was declared quite early in the plot when he provided false information to the CIA, essentially pinning Ethan Hunt as an agent-turned-terrorist. Cavill’s character in the film, i.e. CIA agent August Walker who was sent to oversee IMF super spy Ethan Hunt, later revealed as the elusive antagonist of the movie, John Lark, the leader of the Apostles – an offshoot of the Syndicate bioterrorist group that had haunted Hunt for years.
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During one of their action sequences when Walker has yet to be revealed as Lark, the duo battle a man they misinterpret as the leader of the Apostles. The scene that unfolded between Henry Cavill, Tom Cruise and professional stuntman Liang Yang turned out to be the epicenter of the fight in the now infamous bathroom and where Cavill comes up with his ‘arm reloading’ sequence . When asked about it, the actor claimed it wasn’t scripted or planned:
“It was just really in over my head. I just felt right then. And then I got a little shy afterwards. And I didn’t do it for the next take. And then McQ is came to me and said, “Why didn’t you do the thing?” I said, ‘What thing?’ He came over and showed me the monitor, I was like, “Oh, okay, cool.”
The action sequence which had to be filmed in a few days instead took weeks due to the intensity of the scene and its intricacies. Cavill revealed that the intensive weeks of stunt shooting would hurt his arm muscles during the continuous shoots and that the move that would later be dubbed ‘arm reloading’ was originally intended to flex his cramped muscles. .
Mission: Impossible – Fallout is available to stream on Paramount+