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2018/10/29  #019

Reflections on Mission Impossible: Fallout and My Interviews with Christopher McQuarrie and Henry Cavill


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■Behind the Scenes / 楽屋オチ

Interview day again, kicking off with a press event at what’s become kind of a second studio for the show—the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo.

A while ago I’d attended the press event for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, but today was different: the Tom Cruise was coming to Japan. Members of the press packed into the event hall and there was a buzz in the air as if some legendary rock band was about to take to the stage. (Incidentally Tom Cruise played a rock star in the 2012 film Rock of Ages, kind of a cross between Bret Michaels from Poison and Axl Rose from Guns n’ Roses.)

We were shown a few behind-the-scenes making-of clips, and just as people started to get a little antsy, it was time for the main event. Tom Cruise arrived on stage exuding an aura unlike I’d ever witnessed before, and I immediately understood why people are so taken with Hollywood stardom. He was followed by director Christopher McQuarrie and actors Simon Pegg and Henry Cavill. As they all took their seats, I realized I had goosebumps. Who would have thought that a California native who graduated from an L.A. university would get to see a star of Tom Cruise’s caliber in the flesh for the first time in Japan?

Ostensibly the event had an MC that was moderating the proceedings, but it was clear Tom Cruise was running this show. He and the three other guests talked excitedly about behind-the-scenes episodes and the highlights of the movie, mixing jokes, fun banter, and teasing one another in the process. My producer, who was sitting next to me, leaned over and joked that maybe we should just air the talk show in its entirety for our 25-minute show. The love the four people on stage had for each other was palpable, and it was exhilarating to watch.

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise by Gage Skidmore
Bret Michaels
Bret Michaels (6174792217)
Axl rose
Axl rose 2010 concert
Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons Eva Rinaldi [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons By andres fernando allain (Author) [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Behind each of the four guests was an interpreter. As someone who has dabbled in interpreting work, this added another dimension to the event that fascinated me to no end. Some of the interpreters would wait until the actor or director had finished speaking before restating what they said in Japanese; one interpreter would translate what an actor was saying as if they were doing simultaneous interpretation. Some of the interpreters hid behind the person they were assigned to, and would not dare try to share the spotlight; one interpreter felt it was appropriate to announce themselves to the room with every move they made. Perhaps it was nerves, but that one interpreter would sometimes translate words meant for another interpreter, or they would not so much translate certain keywords as they would transliterate them into a katakana equivalent. All that being said, if I had been in this interpreter’s shoes, I have zero confidence that I would have been able to do any better.

In my day job as a translator, I get to reread what I’ve written many times, and I always have an editor proofread my work before I turn it in to a client. So I always have a chance to revise and polish. With interpreting, on the other hand, you only get one shot at getting it right. What’s more, your words are likely to be disseminated by the media as fact. In some cases the future of an entire nation even hangs in the balance. It is a job that comes with a terrifying burden of responsibility. A few days later, I looked online and found a certain media outlet had published an article on the press event that included an interpreter’s mistranslations verbatim.

A proper discussion about what being an interpreter means is for another day, but suffice it to say that the Mission Impossible: Fallout press event was as edge-of-your-seat and dramatic as the film itself.

Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie (8237747500)
Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg by Gage Skidmore 2
Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill SDCC 2014 (cropped)
Eva Rinaldi [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons









[Recommended filmography for Tom Cruise]

Mission Impossible Collection 1-5
『ミッション:インポッシブル 5 ムービー・コレクション』
『コラテラル』マイケル・マン監督 (2004年)
Rock of Ages
『ロック・オブ・エイジズ』アダム・シャンクマン監督 (2012年)
Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
『オール・ユー・ニード・イズ・キル』ダグ・リーマン監督 (2014年)

[Recommended filmography for Simon Pegg]

『SPACED ~俺たちルームシェアリング~』
Shaun of the Dead
『ショーン・オブ・ザ・デッド』エドガー・ライト監督 (2004年)
Hot Fuzz
『ホット・ファズ -俺たちスーパーポリスメン!-』エドガー・ライト監督 (2007年)
The World’s End
『ワールズ・エンド 酔っぱらいが世界を救う!』エドガー・ライト監督 (2013年)

■Mission Impossible: Fallout is the Ultimate Form of Entertainment

Mission Impossible: Fallout is the sixth film in a series that keeps getting better and more fun with each installment. As far as spy action thrillers go, Ethan Hunt is certainly more than James Bond’s equal.

The indisputable highlight of each film in the series is the death-defying stuntwork done by Tom Cruise. For the HALO (high altitude low opening) jump sequence in this film, Cruise himself executed the 8,000-meter jump 106 times. In a chase sequence set in London, he even broke his ankle when performing a stunt where he was jumping between buildings. But even accidents like these have become a more effective promotional campaign than any advertisement could be. With Cruise constantly outdoing himself with each film, it’s clear that the next one has to involve him actually going into space.

There are, however, those who are more skeptical. These people wonder whether Tom Cruise is good or bad for cinema. For one, the stuntwork in these films is so real that some viewers are likely to assume it must be the product of computer graphics—in which case, they argue, why not have it be CGI to begin with? Others worry that it takes away from the work of professional stunt performers, or conversely, that it puts pressure on actors to place themselves in physical danger.

Take a step back and look at the bigger picture, however, and it’s clear such concerns are unfounded. The era of a single big-name star carrying an entire film to major box office success is already over. Tom Cruise is arguably the last of those larger-than-life Hollywood greats. He is not a sign of things to come; he is an exception to the rule.

Moreover, the Mission: Impossible series are the ultimate entertainment precisely because a huge star with more money and fame than anybody could ever possibly do anything with is, rather than let CGI do the heavy lifting, literally placing his life on the line for our entertainment.

Side note, to anybody interested in learning more about how this film was made, I recommend listening to The Empire Film Podcast’s six-hour interview with director Christopher McQuarrie, split over two episodes. It is only in English, but McQuarrie speaks relatively clearly and it is worth a shot for those studying English. (Spoiler alert.)



その中でも、一番の見所はやはり、文字通り体を張った演技をしたトム・クルーズでしょう。映画序盤のキー・シーンである“HALOジャンプ”(高高度降下低高度開傘)を撮影するために、スタントマンを使わずに、トム・クルーズ本人が実際に上空約8,000 mから106回もダイヴしたそうです。また、ロンドンを舞台にしたチェース・シーンでは、ビルからビルへと飛び移る際に足首を骨折してしまいました。しかし、こうした事故さえも、結果的には、どんな広告よりもプロモーション効果があったように思えます。こうなると、次回作では、本当にトム・クルーズ本人が、宇宙空間にまで行くことになるではないでしょうか。





[Recommended James Bond films]

『007 ゴールドフィンガー』ガイ・ハミルトン監督 (1964年)
『007 ゴールデンアイ』マーティン・キャンベル監督 (1995年)
Casino Royale
『007 カジノ・ロワイヤル』マーティン・キャンベル監督 (2006年)
『007 スカイフォール』サム・メンデス監督 (2012年)

■About My Wardrobe / この日の衣裳について

■Aquascutum purple dress shirt

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Up until now I’ve ordered my suits and jackets from tailors in the Shibuya, Harajuku, and Shinjuku areas, but this shirt is one I had made at none other than Shinjuku Isetan. I ordered it during a made-to-measure sale they had back in May.

They had a range of fabrics available for around ¥15,000 (tailoring included)., but as this was my first time ordering at a department store, I decided to go with something a bit more high-end: a ¥20,000 Aquascutum fabric (which was actually discounted to ¥15,000).

Aquascutum is a time-honored British luxury clothier granted a number of Royal Warrants over the years (it currently holds no Royal Warrants). It is said that Margaret Thatcher was especially fond of their fabrics.

The shirt that was delivered to me is without a doubt the best shirt I’d ever made up to that point, both in terms of fit and texture.

The only downside is that because of the fine fabric, the shirt needs to be hand-washed. (When I take it to the cleaners I ask for the hand-wash option.)







Isetan Shinjuku Store
伊勢丹 新宿店
3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
〒160-0022 東京都新宿区新宿3-14-1
TEL : +81-03-3352-1111
Open 営業時間 10:30~20:00
Closed 定休日 : No fixed holidays / 不定休

■Ralph Lauren necktie / 「ラルフ・ローレン」のネクタイ

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This is a vintage necktie I received from BigBrother. It is slightly on the thin side. The silk has just the right amount of shine and softness, and it yields a great knot.


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Ralph Lauren Omotesando Flagship Store
ラルフローレン 表参道店
4-25-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku,Tokyo 150-0001
〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前4-25-15
TEL : +81-03-6438-5800
Open 営業時間:Sun to Thu /日-木曜日 11:00-20:00
Fri and Sat / 金、土曜日 11:00-21:00
Closed 定休日 : No fixed holidays / 不定休

■Tabio purple socks /「タビオ」のパープル色のソックス 

Purple socks to go with the purpleish shirt. These are Mens Supima 3×1 Ribbed Socks from Tabio (972 yen tax incl.). I’ve word these socks in pink and silver on the show in the past.

紫系のシャツと合わせる形で「タビオ」のパープル色の「メンズ スーピマ3×1リブソックス」(税込972円)を履きました。以前同じシリーズのピンクとシルヴァーのものも履いたことがあります。

Tabio Omotesando Hills
タビオ 表参道ヒルズ店
Omotesando Hills B2F, 4-12-10 Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前4-12-10 表参道ヒルズ 本館B2F
TEL : +81-03-5785-0561
Open 営業時間 11:00-21:00(Weekday/平日), 11:00-20:00(Sat., Sun. and holidays/土日祝)
Closed 定休日 : No fixed holidays / 不定休

■Universal Language birdseye suit

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Check out WARDROBE & ENSEMBLES #006 for more information about this item.

この商品は、以前紹介したのでWARDROBE & ENSEMBLES #006を参照してください。

■Paraboot double monk shoes / 「パラブーツ」のダブル・モンク・シューズ

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Check out WARDROBE & ENSEMBLES #004 for more information about this item.

こちらの商品は、以前紹介したのでWARDROBE & ENSEMBLES #004 を参照してください。

■Post-Interview Thoughts

Tom Cruise is not only the star of the Mission: Impossible franchise—he also serves as producer, and in that capacity he has picked a different director for each film in the series. As a result the series has given us an intimate thriller by Brian De Palma, an over-the-top gun-fu action film by John Woo, an emotional spy drama from J. J. Abrams, and an epic adventure from Brad Bird. Each director has put their own unique stamp on the series. This film marks a first in that Christopher McQuarrie, who directed the previous film, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, returned to the director’s seat for a second time. Tom Cruise has worked with McQuarrie on a number of projects beginning with 2008’s Valkyrie, and it’s clear he has a lot of trust in him.

Brian DePalma
John Woo
gdcgraphics [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons By yakobusan ( [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
Christopher McQuarrie rose to fame when he won an Academy Award for his script for 1995’s The Usual Suspects. For this new film, he says he purposely set out to make a film in a different style from the previous one, and to that end he did a number of things differently. Most surprising is that the film went into production without a finished script. Moreover, while shooting locations are often chosen based on a script, for this film McQuarrie found locations first and wrote and rewrote the script to fit that location. The fact that the movie feels coherent despite this approach is a testament to his skill and unwavering vision as a director. And the action scenes are not just there to dazzle—although each is jaw-dropping in its own way. Rather, the action serves to drive forward the narrative.

On this day our MC Kato-san also conducted her first English-language interview. In the studio I’ve never even seen her remotely nervous, but for this interview she was naturally worried about her English pronunciation, and so we practiced many times, right up until it was time to head into the interview room.

In Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Henry Cavill plays a brusque CIA agent, but in person the man is the very definition of a respectable British gentleman. When I introduced Kato-san to him and explained our show and that this was her first-ever English interview, he smiled and nodded. When I went on to explain that Kato-san had just wrapped up shooting her first acting role on a TV drama, he was so kind as to congratulate her. He thoughtfully answered each of her questions, and afterwards Kato-san was all smiles.

As for me, I simply sat there mesmerized by Henry Cavill’s imposing form (he plays Superman, after all—another American superhero) and British accent. The man has it all.




J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams (23175170706) (cropped)
Brad Bird
Brad bird cropped 2009
By Montclair Film Festival (TTL_8124) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons By nicolas genin from Paris, France [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons




[Recommended filmography for Christopher McQuarrie]

The Usual Suspects
『ユージュアル・サスペクツ』ブライアン・シンガー(監督) クリストファー・マッカリー(脚本) (1995年) 
『ワルキューレ』ブライアン・シンガー(監督) クリストファー・マッカリー(脚本) (2008年)
Jack Reacher
『アウトロー』クリストファー・マッカリー(監督) (2012年)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
『ミッション:インポッシブル/ローグ・ネーション』クリストファー・マッカリー(監督) (2015年)

[Recommended filmography for Christopher McQuarrie]

Man of Steel
『マン・オブ・スティール』ザック・スナイダー監督監督 (2013年)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
『コードネーム U.N.C.L.E.』ガイ・リッチー監督 (2015年)

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