With each new film in the Mission Impossible series comes more action and even bigger stunts – but it’s the franchise’s star, Tom Cruise, who really continues to up the ante in pushing the boundaries. Cruise turned heads back in 2015 when the trailer for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation showed the then 53-year-old chasing an Airbus A400M that was taking off, before clutching the side of it and standing atop the wing. Well, the sixth film installment might just have one of the craziest stunts of Cruise’s career.
In Mission Impossible: Fallout, Cruise appears to be jumping out of all sorts of things – from helicopters, to office windows and perhaps more we haven’t seen – though it’s a HALO (High Altitude – Low Opening) stunt that will make him the very first ever actor to ever pull it off on the big screen. To set the scene, Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, is looking to sneak into another country completely undetected and must parachute out of a plane at about 25,000 feet, waiting to open the parachute until roughly the 2,000-foot mark – oh and all while the plane is still moving more than 160 mph.
The jump was no easy feat for Cruise and the film’s crew, however. It took almost 100 attempts before getting it right, with plenty of time spent on the ground, ensuring they had planned precisely. While the big risk for Cruise was going splat, there were other worries for the actor including getting the bends, a decompression sickness which can affect the body’s major organs and even cause one to lose their sanity. Keep in mind, Cruise is still acting with a camera in his face while attempting not to die. Sure, there might be highly-qualified stunt doubles who can do this kind of thing for blockbuster films, but there’s something admirable about the fact that Cruise continues to do these stunts himself with no CGI.
Check out this behind-the-scenes video to see just how Cruise and Sky Diving Coordinator Allan Hewitt, among others, managed to pull of the dangerous jump:
Set to hit theaters nationwide on July 27, the Christopher McQuarrie directed film also stars Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett, along with several of the series’ regulars such as Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin and Michelle Monaghan. While it remains unclear how many more Mission Impossible films Cruise has left in the tank, if the stunts continue to rival the action scenes and solid storytelling, we might be seeing several more with the actor – and, to be completely honest, we are perfectly fine with that.