This Post Will Self-Destruct in 18 Seconds: Trivia from the Mission Impossible Film Franchise

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Since 1996, the Mission Impossible film franchise has been popular with moviegoers and continues to be a hit with its latest addition Mission: Impossible: Fallout.  This sixth film in the franchise was greenlit  several days before its predecessor’s-Rogue Nation- release. It’s the longest film in the franchise (140 mins.) and the first to be released in 3D. Fallout may also be the final film in the franchise, unless Tom Cruise has something to say about it.

Your mission readers, should you decide to accept it, is to learn the following trivia about the film franchise. As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This post will self-destruct in 18 seconds. Good luck readers!

Mission: Impossible I

1. This is the only film in the franchise that doesn’t feature any shootouts or gunfights.

2. The shot of Ethan and Claire kissing passionately shown in the trailer and in the brief excerpts at the start of the film, was never actually featured in the movie.

3. This is the first film to have a release in over 3000 theaters in the USA.

Mission: Impossible II

4. This is the first movie that Metallica ever agreed to write a song for.

5. The part of Mission Commander Swanbeck was originally offered to Ian McKellen. Due to a prior theater engagement in London, he couldn’t accept the role, and the part eventually went to Anthony Hopkins.

6. Actor Dougray Scott was originally set to play Wolverine in X-Men (2000), but had to pull out when the production on this film went longer than expected.

Mission: Impossible III

7. This is the most expensive film ($150 million) ever directed by a first time feature film director.

8. For the role of Lindsey Farris, Scarlett Johansson was initially cast but pulled out of the project and the role eventually went to Keri Russell.

9. Actresses Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan and Maggie Q have all voiced the superhero Wonder Woman. Russell in Wonder Woman (2009), Q in Young Justice (2010) and Monaghan in Justice League: War (2014).

Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol

10. The signature jump-and-hang-in-the-air stunt that Tom Cruise did in the first film was performed again by Jeremy Renner in this film.

11. Tom Cruise’s birthday (070362) is the code that Ethan uses at the payphone to get his latest mission.

12. Actors Anthony Mackie, Christopher Egan, Kevin Zegers, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy were considered to play William Brandt, a role which eventually went to Jeremy Renner.

Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation


13. Benedict Cumberbatch was the filmmakers’ first choice to play the film’s villain.

14. This is the first film in the franchise where every member of Ethan Hunt’s IMF team is a veteran of at least one of the previous installments.

15. This is the only Mission: Impossible film to date where the main villain isn’t killed off.

Mission Impossible: Fallout

16. Solomon Lane who played the villian in the previous film Rogue Nation, will also appear in Fallout. Making him the first villain in the franchise to be in two films.

17. Rebecca Ferguson is the first actress in the franchise to appear twice in a leading role. She also was about 7 months pregnant when filming ended.

18. The film had 3000 setups, 13 helicopters, 6 pregnancies, 5 hiatuses, 4 weeks of aerial photography, 3 continents, 2 winters, and 1 broken ankle.


  • With the exception of Fallout & Ghost Protocol, every film in the franchise has had a different director. Brian De Palma directed the first film, John Woo directed the sequel, J.J. Abrams directed M:I III, Brad Bird directed Ghost Protocol. Rogue Nation & Fallout were directed by Christopher Mcquarrie.
  • Out of the directors, only J.J. Abrams & Christopher Mcquarrie are attached to other films in the franchise as producers. Abbrams is a producer for Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation, while Mcquarrie is a producer for Fallout.
  • While Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames are the only actors to appear in all six films in the franchise, Simon Pegg has appeared in every movie since Mission: Impossible III.

Source: IMDb

And those are the facts. Got any interesting trivia for the Mission Impossible franchise? Leave them in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads: 12 Interesting Facts About the Back to the Future Trilogy


On this day July 3rd, 1985, the first of an epic trilogy Back To The Future was arrived in theaters.  It’s been 33 years, here are 12 bits of movie trivia about the trilogy to celebrate.

Back to the Future (1985)

1. Never give up, never surrender

It took being rejected 40 times, before the script was finally approved.

2. Fan mail

John DeLorean sent a fan letter to the film’s writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, thanking them for using his car in the movie.

3. No piracy

The original script had Doc Brown and Marty sell bootleg videos to fund the time machine. This plot point was removed from the script at Universal’s request as they didn’t want to promote piracy.

4. A common set

Both Gremlins and Back to the Future were filmed at the Universal Studios back lot and used the same set (Kingston Falls from Gremlins).


Back to the Future II (1989)

5. Cameo

Elijah Wood made his film debut in the sequel as he played one of the two video game boys Marty speaks to at the start of the film.

6. A production delayed

This film and its sequel Back to the Future III were delayed for 3 years because Robert Zemeckis was working on Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

7. Re-shot

The opening scenes of this film were the closing scenes of the first that were re-shot. Several changes had been made especially in Christopher Lloyd’s delivery of his lines.

8. No driving
Not counting the re-used scene from the first film, this is the only film in the trilogy where Marty doesn’t drive the DeLorean.

Back to the Future III (1990)

9. Accidentally hanged

During the scene where Marty is hanged, Michael J. Fox was accidentally hanged and he was unconscious for a short period of time.

10. Catchphrase exchange.

This is the only film in the trilogy where Marty and Doc Brown exchange catchphrases. Marty says “Great Scott!” and Doc Brown replies “Yeah, this is heavy” as they talk about the tombstone photo.

11. Originally cast

Seamus McFly was originally written for actor Crispin Glover.

12. That first scene

The first scene in this film where Marty goes back to the future in the DeLorean appears in all 3 films.


And those are the facts. Do you have any interesting trivia to share about the Back To The Future Trilogy? Leave them in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Water… 12 Fun Facts From The Jaws Franchise

In the summer of 1975, the summer blockbuster was born with the arrival of Jaws. 2015 marked the film’s  40th anniversary and continues to be a favorite with fans and critics. If you read my post 5 OF MY FAVORITE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS you’ll see why.  Jaws is a film that I always watch throughout the year especially during the summer.  Here are 12 fun facts from the film and its sequel Jaws 2 (I don’t recognize the 3rd and 4th films).

Jaws (1975)

1. Peter Benchley’s Suggestions And Objections

Peter Benchley’s (the author of the novel that the film is based off) casting choices for the film were Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. He was also thrown off the set after objecting to the climax of the film.

2. Failed Gun
From the Internet Movie Firearms Database

The gun that actor Roy Scheider uses during the scene where Chief Brody shoots at the shark jammed at least 4 times before the shot worked.


Actor Robert Shaw owed the IRS money and had to flee the country once his scenes were completed.

4. Tension Onscreen And Off
From Hard Ticket to Home Video

If the tension between Hooper and Quint felt as realistic as possible, it was due to the actors not getting along in real life, as they argued all the time.

5. Lots of Slaps
From GramUnion

The actress who played Mrs. Kitchener couldn’t fake a slap so there are 17 takes of her actually hitting Roy Schieder.

6. Spielberg’s Favorite Character

When director Steven Spielberg first read the novel, he found himself rooting for the shark because the human characters were so unlikable. After reading the book, I agree with him.

Jaws 2 (1978)

7. Expensive taste
The total cost for the making of the sequel was around $30 million, making it the most expensive film Universal Pictures had ever made at that time.
8. Novel cameo
In one of the boat scenes, a young man is reading Peter Benchley’s novel Jaws.
9. Quick shots
From IMDb
During production of the film, actor Murray Hamilton (Mayor Vaughn) shot his scenes very quickly due to his wife being in failing health.
10. Conflict

Initially, actor Roy Schieder didn’t want to appear in the film but due to conflicts with the studio about his multi-film contract, he agreed. As a result, the actor was resentful of his involvement and from the beginning of production he clashed frequently with director Jeannot Szwarc.

11. Deleted Scene

One deleted scene from the film revolves around the shark attacking the helicopter. In the scene, when the copter sinks, the shark then attacks the pilot underwater. The sounds of the pilot screaming and the copter being damaged, are the exact same sounds used in the original film when the shark attacks the shark cage and Hooper.

12. The Only One

Actress Lorraine Gary, who played Ellen Brody in the first film, is the only actor to appear in three of the four films in the Jaws franchise. She does not appear in Jaws 3-D (1983).

And those are the facts folks. Enjoy your weekend!