Mission Impossible 7 director originally wanted to digitally de-age Tom Cruise

The director of Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One has revealed that he originally intended to de-age Tom Cruise using CGI.
Cruise reprises the role of ace spy Ethan Hunt in the blockbuster sequel, which is out in cinemas now.
In recent years, a number of high-profile films have used digital effects to make actors appear years, or even decades, younger on screen, including Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and the superhero movie Captain Marvel. The recently released Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny began with a sequence featuring a digitally de-aged Harrison Ford.
Filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie said he almost included a similar sequence at the beginning of Dead Reckoning, before ultimately deciding against it.
“Originally, there had been a whole sequence at the beginning of the movie that was going to take place in 1989,” he said, in an interview with Total Film. “We talked about it as a cold open, we talked about it as flashbacks in the movie, we looked at de-aging.

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