Henry Cavill, known for his role as Superman, made his debut in the Mission: Impossible franchise in the 2018 film Mission: Impossible - Fallout. In the movie, Cavill played the villainous August Walker, providing a formidable opponent for Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt.
However, when asked about who would win in a real-life fight between the two actors, Cavill had a humorous response. During an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Cavill was asked about the potential winner in a fight between him and Cruise.
In a lighthearted manner, Cavill said that they would likely call in a makeup team to make it look like they had been in a fight, complete with cuts and bruises, and then regale everyone with a great story. While Cavill has an impressive physique, he acknowledged Cruise's ability to throw a punch at any given moment. Therefore, he wouldn't want to engage in a physical brawl with the Mission: Impossible star, despite his own strength. Cavill's humble reply garnered cheers from the audience. Cavill also shed light on the filming process for the bathroom fight scene in Mission: Impossible - Fallout. He explained that the fight was choreographed by Wade Eastwood and his team, who worked on it throughout the early stages of shooting.
Due to their differing schedules, Cavill and Cruise trained with each other's stunt doubles and Liang Yang, who played the character doing the fighting. The scene took four weeks to shoot, and despite the challenges and discomfort, Cavill fondly remembers the moment when he and Cruise confessed to each other how much pain they were in during the last day of filming.
Overall, Cavill's debut in the Mission: Impossible franchise left an impact, with his character providing a formidable challenge for Cruise's Ethan Hunt. While the outcome of a real-life fight between the actors remains unknown, it is clear that Cavill recognizes Cruise's fighting prowess and wouldn't want to test it firsthand. Mission: Impossible - Fallout can now be streamed on Paramount Plus.