Tom Cruise will go to great heights to put on a good show for “Mission: Impossible” fans in the new instalment of the franchise.
The leading man performed a perilous helicopter stunt for “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and Paramount Pictures gave audience members a behind-the-scenes look at how it all came together.
Director and writer Christopher McQuarrie noted how “none of this has ever been attempted before.” Known for doing his own dangerous stunts, Cruise, 55, had to operate the mechanical flying contraption solo and work the camera, all while staying in character as Ethan Hunt.
“It’s super important for a movie like ‘Mission’ to be doing it all practically and for real,” stunt coordinator Wade Easton noted. “Tom doesn’t want to sit in a green screen. The audience can tell when something has been cheated.” Easton praised Cruise’s bravery, explaining how “most pilots wouldn’t attempt this.”
“I’ve always wanted to do a sequence like this,” Cruise confessed when sharing the behind-the-scenes video on social media.
Cruise did have a stunt go very wrong while shooting “M:I 6”, halting production for nine weeks after he broke his ankle after hitting a wall while chasing Henry Cavill.
And on a recent episode of “The Graham Norton Show”, the daring actor admitted his injury still isn’t fully healed. “It’s still broken but I’m doing well,” he revealed. “It’s not fully healed but we are shooting and we have a release date so I just have to keep going. I spent 8-10 hours a day, seven days a week in rehab because we still have some major stunts to do.”
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” flies into theatres on July 27.