When it comes to Tom Cruise, the sky is not the limit as the actor has been going against all odds to carry out some of the most legendary and insane stunts in Hollywood. For Tom Cruise, the concept of stunt doubles seems to be an alien thing. Whether it is climbing a two thousand-foot cliff or jumping between buildings like superheroes, the actor has done it all.
However, it seems like Tom Cruise and the team of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning are all ready to set some new expectations in the action genre as apparently Dead Reckoning Part One will flaunt the most dangerous stunt Tom Cruise has been in, yet.
Tom Cruise is Ready to Break his Own Record
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There is nothing more Tom Cruise loves than putting himself in harm’s way just to deliver authentic work for his fans to enjoy, as is seen time and again in the Mission Impossible franchise. A scene in Mission: Impossible II had Cruise just a few millimeters away from danger, quite literally, as a knife was nearly touching his eye.
Even after one dangerous stunt on top of another, Cruise isn’t willing to pull back the strings even a bit as he aims to go bigger and better with Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. In a newly released behind-the-scenes video Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie are seen discussing the most dangerous stunt of the former’s career. The Top Gun: Maverick actor will be seen riding a motorbike straight off of a cliff and BASE jumping.
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The said stunt took years to plan and as revealed by McQuarrie, the right technology wasn’t even available a few years ago which would have made filming the stunt possible. In the behind-the-scenes video, Cruise goes through a series of training in which he had to do over 500 skydives and 13,000 motorbike jumps to become a professional in the field and make sure the possibility of error is minimal. According to his BASE jumping coach, the stunt was so dangerous that the only things there were to avoid are serious injury or death.
“The only things you have to avoid while doing a stunt like this are serious injury or death. You’re riding a motorcycle, which is pretty dangerous, on top of a ramp that’s elevated off the ground, so if you fall off the ramps, that’s pretty bad. You’re falling, so if you don’t get a clean exit from the bike and you get tangled up with it, or if you don’t open your parachute, you’re not going to make it.”
It looks like the said stunt is pretty much death-defying and while Cruise could’ve opted out of this once, he simply wouldn’t have anyone else doing his stunts. “Don’t be careful, be confident” seems to be Cruise’s motto, as stated by him in the video!
Tom Cruise is Quite the Perfectionist
The first time Cruise jumped off his motorbike, completing the stunt with clean precision, the people behind the camera including McQuarrie were satisfied with how it turned out, however, Cruise wasn’t. He stated, “I think I can hold to the bike a little longer” and off he went again. Despite the crew telling him that the shot was perfect, Cruise just knew he had it in him to make it better than perfect.
Cruise keeps on re-filming the stunt, jumping off the cliff again and again before finally finding a shot he was a hundred percent satisfied with. His coach is seen beaming with joy as he says, “Tom Cruise just rode a motorcycle off a cliff six times today.” It’s almost as if the actor was enjoying defying death!
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One will release in theatres on July 14, 2023.