He’s well known for doing as many of his death defying stunts as possible.
But Tom Cruise revealed his most dangerous caper yet when he shared a clip from Mission: Impossible – Fallout at CinemaCon at Casears Palace in Las Vegas on Wednesday
The action star, 55, took 106 takes before completing the jump – a High Altitude, Low Open (known as Halo) – for the action thriller due out July 27.
The jump required an extended free-fall — used by military special operators — from 25,000 feet to 30,000 feet, flying through the air at speeds up to 220 mph with the aid of an oxygen mask.
The incredible stunt was carried out under the supervision of the United Arab Emirates Royal Air Force, because that was the only country that would legally allow him to do it.
He’s insane: Tom Cruise revealed his most dangerous stunt yet when he shared a clip from Mission: Impossible – Fallout at CinemaCon at Casears Palace in Las Vegas on Wednesday
He’s ready to jump: Director Christopher McQuarrie shared this Instagram of Tom suited up and ready to go, captioned, ‘At 25,000 feet, At 200 mph, At dusk, Three minutes of available light, Two minutes of action, One chance per day, JUST ONE’
Indeed, the stunt was so dangerous that Cruise, 55, had to wear a specially designed mask and suit and took a year to plan it.
‘This movie is, without a doubt, the most epic Mission that we’ve made. It’s a film that is adventurous, it’s emotional and it’s really cutting-edge,’ Tom said backstage.
The numbers alone for the stunt, which took over a year to plan and execute, are daunting.
‘For these films, it’s about what we can do that’s physically possible, but without killing Tom,’ director Christopher McQuarrie said on stage, joking that ‘falling out of perfectly functioning aircraft’ didn’t make sense.
In the scene Tom simulates going into a spin when he is hit by lightning almost immediately after leaping out of his plane at around 30,000 feet.
Another jump: The 55-year-old also leaped off the roof of London’s Tate Modern gallery
Aside from the stunt, the actor and director treated the crowd to a 15-minute action sequence which many entertainment writers agreed was the best footage they’d seen this year at CinemaCon.
This included an eye watering chase through the narrow streets of Paris involving a prison truck which plunges into the Seine, a further pursuit on motorbikes and a speedboat escape.
British actor Henry Cavill, best known for playing Superman in the DC universe of movies, shared what it was like to be a passenger in a helicopter with Tom at the helm.
Having a blast: Tom on stage with his co-stars Simon Pegg and Angela Bassett
He raised a big laugh when recalled how the star had flown him home at the end of a day of filming, and that he had fantasized he was Cruise’s ‘wing man’ in perhaps his most iconic film, 1988’s Top Gun”.
‘Obviously, my life was in Tom’s hands when he was flying,’ the 34-year-old actor told AFP on the sidelines of the presentation.
‘He is an exceptional pilot and it’s that kind of level. He’s really doing this and I’m really sitting in the back. So when people are watching it, they know that all it will take is one little slip and we’re all gone.’
‘My life was in Tom’s hands’: British actor Henry Cavill shared what it was like to be a passenger in a helicopter with the star at the helm saying he fantasized about being his ‘wing man’