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Christopher McQuarrie has quickly become one of the top directors working in the film industry today. Indeed, he directed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible – Fallout which, in my opinion, are the best movies in that franchise and the adulation he received from film critics was well deserved.
At a recent Collider IMAX screening of Fallout, Christopher McQuarrie had the chance to discuss the movie as well as the entertainment industry.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
This is what Christopher McQuarrie had to say on whether Tom Cruise, the studio and/or the insurance companies ever say no the action scenes in a film like Fallout:
“No. Here’s what Tom says, he says ‘Booooo.’ Pitch him something, he’ll say, ‘Booo. Boring,’ there’s no bones about it. But no, he never says no.”
“The studio winces. I’ve never personally heard from the insurance company, that’s Jake Myers’ job, the producer. Extraordinary producer Jake Myers, who produced not only this, but also Rogue Nation. He produced the last few Chris Nolan films, came in on The Revenant. He’s an incredible, incredible producer, who manages to wrangle all those people so I don’t have to.”
Christopher McQuarrie also spoke about the factors which made him interested in being in the entertainment industry:
“I always wanted to write from the time I was 12 years old. I had been writing before that, but was not aware of it.”
“I was 12 years old, I was in sixth grade, I was writing a short story in class, and we had a substitute teacher that day, Mrs. Hubert, I will never forget, and she said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m writing a story,’ and she was not used to seeing me do any work, and she said, ‘Is that what you want to do when you grow up?’ And I had never thought about it until she asked, and I went, ‘Yes!’ I remember saying it like that, like, ‘Oh my God, yes, I want to do this for a living.’”
“And I loved movies, I was obsessed with them, and I had a friend, and we would always go through the newspapers and plan out, like we were casing a robbery. We’d work out all the times so we could go and hit every movie coming out that weekend, until I was eventually limited, by mandate, to one movie a weekend.”
“And I never related the two things. I never considered writing for movies. That came later.”
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