Mission Impossible – Fallout with a chair
From Paris, to London and Kashmir, Tom Cruise pulls off some thrilling stunts as IMF special agent Ethan Hunt in the sixth Mission: Impossible.
Cruise is famed for doing his own stunts and in the action-packed Mission: Impossible – Fallout we witness him jumping out of ‘planes at 25,000 feet (he’s the first actor to ever do a HALO jump – ‘High Altitude Low Open’ – on camera), free-climbing on ludicrously high rocks, in high speed helmet-less motorbike chases and throwing chairs out of windows. Yes folks, he has the audacity to throw a beautiful, high-end designer chair out of an office window!
When Ethan is running and jumping his way through London streets and offices in pursuit of August Walker [Henry Cavill] who is making his way to the Tate Modern he picks up a fine specimen of a low back Eames office/management chair in Nero Netweave (black mesh) and uses it to smash a window before jumping through it. Sacrilege!
In filming this sequence Cruise broke his foot although he makes light of it on the Graham Norton show where they show footage of the actual accident.
The chair he throws out of the high office window is part of The Aluminium Group by Vitra and is one of the great furniture designs of the twentieth century. Charles and Ray Eames conceived and developed this chair in 1958 for the private residence of an art collector in Columbus, Indiana (USA). For its construction, the designer couple departed from the principle of the seat shell, instead stretching a panel of fabric or leather between two aluminium side members to create a taut but elastic seat.
The Aluminium Group includes several different models for use in homes, offices and public areas, as well as in various combinations of fabrics, swivel and non swivel, with and without arms and with fixed or castor feet. All Aluminium Group chairs come with a 30-year guarantee.