'Tom Cruise Jumped From 25000 Feet Over 100 Times Just To Get A Stunt Right While Filming 'M:I6'
Tom Cruise is a man of unparalleled and unmatched talent. And every time I write a story about him and his movie ‘Mission: Impossible Fallout’, I can’t help but brag about how much respect this man commands, for pulling off life-risking stunts despite getting injured on the sets, multiple times. And the best part is that Cruise never gives up. If there’s anyone who can ever beat Tom Cruise in pulling off difficult scenes, it’s probably Tom Cruise himself.
The fact that he is 55 years old, looks like a 25-year-old and can give anyone half his age a run for their money; does not surprise us anymore. If someone said that Cruise has been sipping from a secret ‘fountain of youth’ hidden in his backyard, I’d probably believe that to be true.
When it comes to filming action movies, Tom Cruise is one of those few actors (or probably the only one) who doesn’t use a stunt double, performs extremely dangerous big-ticket stunts himself and then will walk away like it’s nobody’s business. And this time ‘Ethan Hunt’ has probably beaten his own record of doing some of the toughest stunts by going to greater heights for ‘Mission: Impossible Fallout’, quite literally.
According to a report in South China Morning Post, Tom Cruise revealed at the CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the details of his high altitude scenes and ‘low open free-fall parachute jumps’ that he made for the movie. In fact, the number of jumps alone will make your jaw drop, so we can already imagine how exhausting and tough it must have been for the cast and crew of the movie. Cruise even won the Pioneer of the Year award.
Reportedly, Cruise jumped from 25,000 feet to 30,000 feet, flying through the air at a speed up to 220 miles per hour. It is usually used by military special operators and he made these jumps with the help of an oxygen mask. If the fact that he was shooting at such high altitudes wasn’t enough, Cruise jumped off the plane nearly 106 times from a C-17 military plane while training for the stunts and to get the scene right.
Director Christopher McQuarrie said at CinemaCon, “For these films, it’s about what we can do that’s physically possible, but without killing Tom.” He further joked that it didn’t make sense “falling out of a perfectly functioning aircraft.” Whoever said that life of an actor is easy clearly hasn’t met Cruise and McQuarrie.
What’s more, a camera operator was also trained to use a special helmet camera to follow Cruise in the scene in-flight and then fall backward from the plane before him.
From getting badly injured, recovering from that, and then still performing his stunts by himself; deserves a huge round of applause and all our respect. The movie is hitting the theatres on July 27 and even if you aren’t a Tom Cruise fan (although we highly doubt that), but this revelation along has to be a reason for you to head to the movie theatres.