In what can only be described as the most Tom Cruise manner possible, the Hollywood megastar recently appeared in a recently released footage that shows him harnessed to a World War II plane. But that is not what is unusual about the scenario. As the camera pans out, the audience realizes he is without a helmet or even in the cockpit for that matter. From his position seated atop the biplane, Cruise yells a message meant for the theatergoers.
Tom Cruise’s Affinity Toward Life Threatening Stunts
The 60-year-old American actor, Tom Cruise is one of the highest-paid actors in the world for reasons well within comprehension. The actor has had a reputation for performing highly skilled and consequentially dangerous stunts without the help of a green screen or a stunt double. His insistence on putting his own life at risk time and again has drawn a huge fan following, especially since his franchise films include action projects like the Mission: Impossible series and the recently released Top Gun: Maverick.
Over the years, Tom Cruise has reportedly amassed a collection of hobbies that range from skydiving to piloting commercial as well as fighter planes. His level of expertise in every activity has garnered him a somewhat professional status. However, it’s not simply for fun that he goes jumping out of planes. Cruise has put to use his extensive mastery of flying an F-18 on the sets of Top Gun: Maverick. He has also infamously HALO jumped out of a C-17 in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the same movie in which he broke an ankle while jumping off of a building.
Tom Cruise Clip From Mission: Impossible 7 Goes Viral
In his most recent stunt, Cruise can be seen performing a stunt by dangling from a World War II-era Boeing-Stearman biplane. But the clip which was released for the audience at CinemaCon this year was meant to be a teaser for the actual stunt which was being filmed for Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One. From atop the biplane, flying over South Africa, the actor greeted the crowd via a video message, saying,
“Hey, everyone! I wish I could’ve been there with you. I’m sorry about all the extra noise. As you can see, we are filming the latest installment of Mission: Impossible, and right now we’re over the gorgeous Blyde River Canyon in stunning South Africa. And we’re making this film for the big screen, for the audiences to see in your wonderful theaters.”
The actor has been an advocate for theatrical releases and big screen launches and he has been praised by many for almost single-handedly saving the post-pandemic industry from shifting into a direct-to-streaming culture. His upcoming conclusion of the Mission: Impossible saga is reportedly being filmed back-to-back in preparation for major theatrical releases. But until the movie hits the screen, we’ll have to make do with the trailer of M: I 7 showing Tom Cruise driving a bike off a cliff.