‘Mission: Impossible’: Tom Cruise Admires Harrison Ford, Hopes To Play Ethan Hunt Until He’s 80

Without looking it up on Wikipedia, how old do you think Tom Cruise is? Dude just turned 61 earlier this week, but he looks better than most people half his age. It’s kinda nutty when we see him performing one death-defying stunt after another in Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part 1, but if Cruise has his way he’ll be doing it for another twenty years. That’s right, he wants to follow the Harrison Ford/Indiana Jones model.

Speaking with the Sydney Morning Herald (via Deadline), Cruise says he’s driven to do what Harrison Ford has done by playing Indiana Jones until he was 80…

“Harrison Ford is a legend; I hope to be still going. I’ve got 20 years to catch up with him,” Cruise said. “I hope to keep making “Mission: Impossible” films until I’m his age.”

That’s a Hell of a lot of impossible missions for Ethan Hunt. How many of Hunt’s lovers will get murdered in that amount of time?

Cruise is probably being serious, though. He seems reinvigorated by working with Christopher McQuarrie and really pushing the limits of his physical endurance. If anyone can keep going at a high level when he’s 80-years-old, it’s Cruise

Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part 1 hits theaters on July 12th, but you can check out my early review here.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.