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The biggest moments in the final Mission: Impossible 6 trailer have some fascinating backstories

Inside the ridiculous stunts, broken ankles and dapper mustaches

The production of Mission: Impossible — Fallout has already spawned some legendary stories, and the movie’s latest trailer gives us a good look at some of the scenes that have already been discussed so much before the film’s release. Broken bones? Sure. Contractually obligated facial hair? Of course. Ridiculous stunts that Tom Cruise looks very proud to have done himself? Many.

This is a fun preview if you know what to look for, and we’re going to tell you what to look for.

The mustache

Henry Cavill doesn’t just have a mustache in MI:F, he has a mustache that might have at least partially led to the death of an entire superhero franchise.

“When we decided to go for the mustache, I certainly wasn’t expecting all the events to unfold as they were going to unfold,” Cavill said in a recent interview. “I wasn’t expecting Justice League reshoots to be as extensive as they were. As you will see when [Mission] comes out, to have a fake mustache on would not have been a possibility. You’ll think, ‘Okay, yeah, a fake mustache would perhaps have been blown off in this situation.’ Unfortunately, it led to much dismay when Justice League came out, but that’s the nature of these things.”

Cavill couldn’t shave his mustache, DC needed him for Justice League reshoots and the horrific result of the special effects team reconstructing Superman’s face was one of the most widely mocked aspects of the film.

This trailer lets you see what all the fuss was about with many glorious shots of Cavill’s hairy, hairy face.

Tom Cruise’s broken ankle

Cruise broke his ankle while shooting one of the film’s many stunts, and production had to shut down while he recovered. See if you catch the scene in the trailer, and then watch an excruciating breakdown of what went wrong with Graham Norton and Tom Cruise himself below:

Those helicopter stunts

Tom Cruise really likes to do his own stunts — see also the broken ankle in the above clip — and the helicopter sequence in Fallout looks spectacular. You can learn a bit about how the stunt was film in the behind-the-scenes feature below.

There’s PR value in having a big star do his or her own stunts, but more importantly, directors can spend more time in the edit and show more of the character when he or she doesn’t have to cut around stunt people or effects shots. (Though, Cruise’s reported insistence at getting certain shots allegedly played a role in the death of two pilots while shooting American Made. ) The ability to shoot these stunts scenes with so much freedom is a byproduct of Cruise’s ability to do his own stunts, and it helps set the Mission Impossible films apart visually.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout will be released in theaters on July 27.

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