- Tom Cruise broke his ankle while filming an action scene
- 'Shame he didn't break his face,' read one tweet
- The shoot of Mission: Impossible 6 has been halted
None of this has moved Twitter, however. 'Shame he didn't break his face,' read one particularly hard-hearted tweet. Another was addressed to Brooke Shields, whom Tom Cruise criticised years ago for taking medication for post-partum depression. Several tweets referred disdainfully to Scientology, the controversial church of which the actor is the most famous member.
Awwwwwwww Tom Cruise has broken his ankle in a stunt that went wrong on the set of his new movie
Shame it wasn't his face
WEIRDO— Mick (@Captainsnake) August 17, 2017
@TomCruise maybe now you you'll have time to denounce your hate group— SoundTribe (@konjurnet) August 17, 2017
Fair play to that weirdo Tom Cruise like he tried his best to walk that broken ankle off. No more stunts for you ya nutter!— Renegade Vocals (@HulseAdam) August 17, 2017
Tom Cruise's stunts in previous Mission: Impossible films have also been absurdly dangerous - in film 5, he hung off a plane in mid-air; in film 4, he climbed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Footage from the botched M:I 5 is available on social media.
Filming has been halted although director Christopher McQuarrie has confirmed that the release date of Mission: Impossible 6 - July 27, 2018 - will not be affected. Tom Cruise has played Agent Ethan Hunt of the Impossible Missions Force since the first film released in 1996. Mr McQuarrie returns from film 5, as do actors Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin. Simon Pegg reprises the role he's played in several M:I films and new additions to the cast include Angela Bassett and Superman star Henry Cavill.