To create a buzz among fans for the upcoming spy thriller Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the filmmakers have rolled out a new behind the scene featurette that shows how Tom Cruise’s highly dangerous HALO (high altitude, low opening) jump was shot.
Cruise is among one of those Hollywood actors who like to perform death-defying stunts themselves rather than relying on stuntmen. The 55-year-old actor even broke his ankle while performing a stunt while filming Mission: Impossible — Fallout. The shot has apparently made it into the final cut of the film as seen in the trailer.
As shown in the new Mission: Impossible – Fallout featurette, Cruise had to undergo rigorous rehearsals in a massive, specially designed wind tunnel and perform numerous practice jumps before actually performing the Halo jump in real which required him to jump out of airplane around 25,000 feet in the air and open the chute at an altitude of under 2,000 feet. Cruise had to inhale pure oxygen for 20 minutes on the ground before throwing himself out of a plane traveling 160 miles per hour.
“The audience can tell when something’s being cheated, so it’s important to do it all for real,” stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood says in the featurette.
Notably, shooting the particular scene was quite a challenging task for the filmmakers as they only had one chance a day to get the shot as it was a nighttime sequence, filmed as close to sunset as possible.
“No one thought it would require over 100 jumps to get the scene,” director Christopher McQuarrie says in the video.
Cruise is too excited about the shot as well as the upcoming film. In the video, the actor says that he can’t wait for the audience to see him performing the HALO jump.
You can check out the video below.
Audiences will get to watch Cruise’s Halo jump as well as other stunts when Mission: Impossible — Fallout finally arrives in theatres on July 27, 2018. The film stars Tom Cruise as IMF Agent Ethan Hunt alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Angela Bassett, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Ving Rhames, and Henry Cavill.
Source: Paramount Pictures
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