Tom Cruise’s gonzo Mission: Impossible - Fallout HALO jump is real-life bonkers

Tom Cruise’s gonzo Mission: Impossible - Fallout HALO jump is real-life bonkers

With every passing film, the stunts seem to get more death-defying and this time it's no different.

A video has been posted on Twitter going behind-the-scenes of a scene filmed over the UAE desert which shows Cruise perform a Halo jump - a military manoeuvre normally used for getting troops on the ground undetected.

"Falling at 200 miles per hour, and he's to position himself so he lands exactly three feet away from the camera, with 20,000 feet beneath him", explains director Christopher McQuarrie.

Tom Cruise has praised the UAE for its help in creating "one of his most unsafe stunts yet". Mission: Impossible returned in 1988 with a rebooted series on ABC.

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The scene took more than 100 jumps to complete, with a small window each day around sunset the only time of day the crew were able to film.

In an intense behind the scenes clip from the upcoming movie, Tom - who refused to use a stunt double - reveals just how much work went into planning the breathtaking sequence. "The risk of a midair collision, we were really concerned about".

Tom Cruise shared a behind-the-scenes video on Twitter detailing the risky "HALO jump" stunt from his upcoming film Mission Impossible - Fallout. Aside from the fact he doesn't seem to be going to seed at almost the rate of those like me who grew up with his films, I found remarkable the way Cruise calmly rationalizes doing stunts himself that would require just about any other star to equip themselves with an adult diaper, along with a safety harness. It was almost a decade later that the Tom Cruise-led Mission: Impossible feature film would turn the small screen spy series into a hugely-successful cinematic franchise.

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