Tom Cruise always pushes himself to the limit on the Mission: Impossible movies and the upcoming sequel is no exception.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout will see Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and Henry Cavill’s CIA agent August Walker skydive into a lightning storm above Paris, leading them to be struck by lightning and Hunt having to catch Walker and resuscitate him mid-air.
“It took a year to figure this sequence out,” Cruise explained at CinemaCon (via The Hollywood Reporter), with director Christopher McQuarrie adding: “We had to decide how much we could do that is physically possible without killing Tom.”
For the sequence, they built reportedly the largest wind tunnel in the world to rehearse, with Cruise calling for a high altitude – low opening jump which sees a person jump from 25,000-35,000 feet and open their shoot as low as possible.
They ended up shooting the death-defying stunt in the United Arab Emirates – “we wouldn’t have been allowed to do this anywhere else” – and they did 106 jumps to get three takes, with elements of each one stitched together in post-production.
“One of the requests that Tom made was that he not catch on fire,” joked McQuarrie and Simon Pegg revealed the stress of working with Cruise: “You don’t know if you are going to see him tomorrow.”
Of course, this wasn’t the stunt that led to Cruise breaking his ankle, but it sounds pretty intense regardless.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout is released in UK cinemas on July 26 and US cinemas on July 27.
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