US Release Date: 7/31/15
Rebecca Ferguson suffers from a serious fear of heights, but that didn’t stop the Swedish actress, who plays ass kicking operative Isla Fisher in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, from leaping off the roof of the Vienna Opera House for director Christopher McQuarrie’s latest addition to the hit franchise.
“She never pretended she wasn’t afraid,” says McQuarrie, “but she pushed herself and became so remarkably proficient that I think she had a great experience.”
The latest MI adventure has the actress, who previously starred alongside Dwayne Johnson in Hercules, warning Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt about The Syndicate – an organisation comprising of renegade spies intent on causing death, destruction and general mayhem on an international level. Known for hanging off the edges of airplanes and buildings in his ongoing attempts to save the world, Hunt is, of course, a senior field agent for the Impossible Missions Force (IMF), an independent spy agency.
“Rebecca is both intelligent and elegant,” Cruise says in the same production notes. “Chris and I talked a lot about what we wanted in Ilsa and we wanted a very strong woman, someone both powerful and mysterious who would have the audience leaning forward watching her, rooting for her and being a little shocked by her.”
Ferguson, meanwhile, says her character is the female version of Hunt.
“What I love about her as a character is that she has both a very badass side and a vulnerability that entwine together. So she’s very strong and driven, like Ethan, but I think she’s also someone to whom people can relate.”
Ferguson also says she has always loved the Mission Impossible universe.
“I love that you can always expect the unexpected. You know going into it there will be the coolest technology, stunts and exciting actors. This one is a great ride, but a ride with emotions, and that’s the best kind.”
When it came to her training regimen, the actress underwent a grueling work out schedule of six hours each day, as well as six day weeks of stunt rehearsals.
“The training was very detailed and specific. At the same time, I was looking to find Ilsa’s own personal way of moving and fighting. I came to think of her as a lot like a cat, someone who kind of claws herself into anyone who attacks her. She uses pure body momentum to take down much more massive guys.”
Producer Dana Goldberg loves seeing a kick ass woman at the center of Mission Impossible action.
“Even while maintaining her physical prowess, she has the smarts to get herself in and out of all these perilous situations. One of my favorite moments in the film is the look on Tom Cruise’s face when he first sees her in action — he’s as blown away by her as we are in the audience.”
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg
Screenwriter: Christopher McQuarrie. Story by Christopher McQuarrie and Drew Pearce. Based on the TV series by Bruce Geller
Producers: Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burke, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger
Executive Producers: Jake Myers
Image Info: Rebecca Ferguson plays Ilsa in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions
Photo Credit: David James. © 2015 PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Quote and Info Source: Paramount Pictures