Cary Elwes, the acclaimed English actor known for his roles in iconic films like The Princess Bride, Robin Hood, Saw, Twister, Days of Thunder, Glory, and A Castle for Christmas, acknowledges that he has reached unparalleled heights by joining the world’s most exhilarating action franchise in its latest installment. Elwes is among the fresh faces added to the Mission: Impossible franchise for its newest film, Dead Reckoning Part One. Even with a career spanning five decades, Elwes confesses that the collaboration between Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie in this project has the potential to redefine history with its awe-inspiring scope and grandeur.
Cary Elwes on the Thrill of Working with Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie in the Biggest Action Film in History
During an interview with Collider‘s Steve Weintraub at the world premiere in Rome, Italy, Cary Elwes shared his exhilaration about being part of what he believed to be the most colossal action film in history. He expressed his admiration for working alongside the masters of their craft, Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie, who would reshoot scenes whenever they sensed the potential for something extraordinary.
Cary Elwes, a dedicated actor, embraced the process and eagerly anticipated the unfolding of movie magic. As a cinema enthusiast himself, Elwes was astonished at how swiftly the initially expansive length of the film flew by, attributing it to the sorcery of McQuarrie and the exceptional editing skills of his fellow Brit, Eddie Hamilton. Elwes stated, “That’s what they pay us to do. I happen to love what I do for a living, so for me, it’s exciting.
Whatever they want me to do, I’ll do…except for jumping off a cliff or performing insane stunts like Tom Cruise. Other than that, count me in. I’m thrilled for audiences to see the film because it’s the ultimate action blockbuster of all time. There’s no doubt about it. I thought it would drag on, but wait a minute, it’s already over? It was insanely fast. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. That’s Chris McQuarrie, our director, he’s a genius. And our editor Eddie Hamilton, brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.”
Cary Elwes: A Career Resurgence and Exciting Collaborations in Sci-Fi and WWII Films
Experiencing a career resurgence in his sixties, Cary Elwes has secured roles in several major films, with Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon standing out as a notable project. Elwes describes it as a “wonderful sci-fi drama” and expresses his delight in being part of it, although he refrains from divulging further details at this time. Additionally, Elwes embraces his British roots once again by collaborating with Guy Ritchie for the second time this year.
After appearing in Ritchie’s Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, Elwes joins forces with the director once more, along with Henry Cavill, Eiza González, Henry Golding, and Alan Ritchson, in The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Based on a true story, the film portrays a covert World War II combat organization initiated by the esteemed collaboration of Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming. This formidable group of fighters engaged in an unconventional and ruthless war against the Nazis, reshaping the course of the conflict and laying the groundwork for modern-day black operations.
Elwes speaks highly of Ritchie, emphasizing that while Ministry carries the weight of its serious subject matter, both in terms of the organization and the war itself, it will also retain Ritchie’s trademark sense of humor that audiences have come to expect from the prolific English director.