Mission: Impossible is one of the most successful film franchises of all times and, according to Forbes, its worldwide gross is more than US$ 3 billion. The most recent movie, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, released in 2018, was also a success among the critics.
There are many reasons the movies are still keeping fans interested: a consistent plot and excellent cast are some of the examples. Probably the most significant reason is Tom Cruise and it is hard to imagine someone else playing the leading role.
Tom Cruise also has the highest salary in the movie. Even if compared to other A-list Hollywood stars on the movie
10 Tom Cruise ($550 Million)
The Mission Impossible franchise is based on Tom Cruise image and appeal with the public. Unsurprisingly, the actor has the highest salary of the cast,
When the first Mission Impossible was released, in 1996, Tom Cruise was among the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. He reportedly received US$ 70 million and for the second and third movie, he earned US$ 75 million.
In 2012, he received US$ 75 million for Ghost Protocol. The movie put him on the first position of Forbes’ most powerful actors' list that year. His salary dropped for the next films and he received US$ 25 for Mission: Impossible - Rough Nation and US$ 28 for Fallout.
9 Alec Baldwin ($65 Million)
Alec Baldwin is also another A-list name on Hollywood and he has worked in more the 80 movies since he started his career during the 80s. He appears in two Mission Impossible movies: Rough Mation (2015) and Fallout (2018).
Baldwin plays Alan Hunley, director of the Central Intelligence of America (CIA) and his character had a decisive role on both movies. Although the actor is considered one of the big fishes in Hollywood, his salary is much smaller than Tom Cruise.
8 Simon Pegg ($25 Million)
Simon Pegg played Benji Dunn, an Impossible Mission Force technician, on Mission: Impossible III, Ghost Protocol, and Rogue Nation. By appearing in projects like Star Wars and Mission: Impossible, Pegg has amassed a net worth of over $20 million.
According to The Guardian, the actor suffered from severe depression while filming his first Mission: Impossible movie, “I would feel like – I’m in a film with Tom Cruise, I’ve got the part of Scotty in Star Trek. This should be making me feel happy,” he said. “But it wasn’t.”
The actor also revealed that becoming a father helped him to overcome that.
7 Henry Cavill ($20 Million)
The franchise has undoubtedly invested in some big names over the years. Henry Cavill, known for playing Superman, joined the cast in 2018. He plays August Walker, a CIA agent, and is one of the main antagonists in this film.
“The joy of being in a Mission: Impossible movie is that there is always a way for something other than what was assumed to have happened, to happen”, said the actor to Collider. “One just has to look carefully and you’ll see.”
6 Angela Bassett ($20 Million)
Angela Bassett is another name who joined the team in 2018, for the Mission: Impossible - Fallout movie. Basset plays Erica Sloan, deputy director of CIA. It is just great to see a woman in an essential role in this movie, but her salary is considerably lower if compared to the male actors. In 2018 she was part of Black Panther, another successful movie.
During interviews, Bassett said she was excited to be part of the movie and impressed with Tom Cruise doing most of the dangerous scenes by his own.
5 Ving Rhames ($16 Million)
Ving Rhames and Tom Cruise are the only actors who have appeared in each Mission Impossible movie. However, there is a significant salary gap between both actors. There are no records of his salary in the first movies. In 2006, Rhames reportedly made US$ 3.5 million for Mission: Impossible III. In 2011, he appeared briefly in Ghost Protocol, but he took advantage of each second and received US$ US$ 7.7 million.
Rhames plays Luther Stickell; a computer specialist and hacker who works for the Impossible Mission Force (IMF).
4 Rebecca Ferguson ($6 Million)
Rebecca Ferguson more popular role is the secret agent, Ilsa Faust. She played the character three times and has reportedly accumulated a net worth of approximately $6 million.
During an interview, she talked about how Tom Cruise and her see the work differently.
“Tom makes films for the audience. I do it for myself and the ride. That may be really selfish. I just don’t go in thinking: ‘How it will the audience take this’. I hope they enjoy it, but I do it for myself”, said the actress.
3 Sean Harris ($5 Million)
The British actor Sam Harris plays Solomon Lane, but most of you will remember him as “the man in the glasses." He is the main antagonist in Rogue Nation and Fallout. His character is a British intelligence operative.
Previously, Sean received a Bafta for his work on Southcliffe in 2014. He is also known for his roles on Borgias (TV show) and the movie Harry Brown.
Harris' brilliant acting in the Mission: Impossible films are considered some of his best acting and reports estimate the actor to have a net worth of approximately $5 million.
2 Vanessa Kirby ($4 Million)
Vanessa Kirby became famous after playing Princess Margaret on Netflix show, The Crown. The British actress is part of the cart of Mission: impossible - Fallout.
During an interview on Collider, the actress affirmed that Tom Cruise is one of the most helpful people you can work with. However, the work was very heavy to the actress who was filming the second season of The Crown at the same time. Sometimes she had to be shooting in London during the day and in Paris during the night.
1 Wes Bentley ($3 Million)
Wes Bentley played Erik. He appeared on the first Mission: Impossible movie and later on the third film and Ghost Protocol. The experienced actor is estimated to have a net worth of around $3 million. In the movie, Erik is married to Julia and is a medical professional.
This is not his only successful work. Bentley also played essential roles in American Beauty and The Hunger Games. In 2014, he joined the American Horror Story TV show.