How Tom Cruise Got Director Hired in 10 Minutes
If the superstar of a blockbuster franchise wants something, he gets it. So when Tom Cruise called the Hollywood heavy hitters behind “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” with his handpicked selection for its director, he got it. Fast.
“He left the room and came back 10 minutes later with the phone in his hand and said, ‘Okay, you’re directing the next ‘Mission: Impossible.’ And that was it,” director Christopher McQuarrie tells Made in Hollywood.
There’s little to wonder why Cruise was eager to have McQuarrie join him for his fifth turn in the action flick. Previously they collaborated on 2012’s “Jack Reacher,” and when McQuarrie was working on the script for 2014’s “Edge of Tomorrow,” of which Cruise starred opposite Emily Blunt, the 53-year-old actor made the suggestion during a creative session one night.
When McQuarrie agreed, rather casually, to take on role as director, he was surprised that Cruise wasted no time in enlisting him for work. “I figured that that would be a conversation we would have later,” McQuarrie recalls.