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'Mission: Impossible IV': Why Brad Bird should direct it

brad-bird-mission-impossibleImage Credit: Stephen Vaughan; Disney/Pixar (2)This week, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Heat Vision blog reported that Brad Bird, director of the animated Oscar winners The Incredibles and Ratatouille, has emerged as a contender to helm Mission: Impossible IV. I chatted with Bird in 2007, when EW ranked The Incredibles No. 25 on our list of the greatest action films ever. Read a few of his comments and tell me if you’re not rooting for him, too:

• “People think that the explosions are it, but the greatest special effect is caring about the character that’s going through the explosions. That’s the one that people don’t spend enough energy on,” he said. “Many movies have giant explosions, but very few of them have characters that you worry about. The best action heroes are more often than not ones who show a little bit of fear.” Bird talked about Sean Connery as James Bond — when he got in trouble, you could see his life pass before him. Same thing with Bruce Willis as John McClane in the first Die Hard, and Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. “They let you know that they’re mortal even while they’re doing completely amazing things,” he said. “He’s not gonna die, but it’s gonna hurt.” READ FULL STORY

Tom Cruise doing 'Mission Impossible 4': Are you ready to love again?

It’s no secret that the public perception of Tom Cruise seems to morph more often than Lady Gaga’s outerwear. So now that he’s signed on for yet another Mission: Impossible sequel, it’s worth taking a quick look at what’s transpired in Tommy’s World since the last MI movie released back in 2006.

On one side of the coin, the last few years have been hard on his public image: He and Katie Holmes’ relationship has only gotten bigger and crazier, inviting ridicule from fans and press. There’s also his continued relationship with Scientology, which never seems to become a moot point. Plus, those crazy videos. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, his recent movies Lions for Lambs and Valkyrie, frankly, underwhelmed.

On the flip side, however, Cruise has managed to rehab his image a bit as well: A surprisingly funny turn in 2008’s Tropic Thunder, which got raves; a funny roast of Matt Lauer; and his and Holmes’ lil’ tyke, Suri — well, I think the goodwill for her cuteness has spread to Mr. Cruise himself.

So, all you former/current Tom Cruise/Mission: Impossible fans: Are you ready to love him again? Could Mission: Impossible IV be the movie that brings you back into the Cruise fold? Are you willing to put his past aside and embrace what could possibly be another great movie from him and J.J. Abrams? Sound off in the comments below!

More from EW.com:
Nicole Sperling: Tom Cruise has signed on for ‘Mission Impossible IV’
On the scene: Tom Cruise helps roast Matt Lauer!
Tom Cruise: A Star is Reborn?
Can ‘Tropic Thunder’ Make Tom Cruise Cool Again?

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