Actor Tom Cruise is no stranger to dangerous feats, and seemingly refused to let a stunt double take his place during production of the latest Mission: Impossible instalment.
Cruise risked his safety in previous films through scaling the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, clinging to the side of an Airbus A400M Atlas, and climbing cliffs in Utah without a harness. He is not showing any sign of slowing down, according to Paramount’s presentation at the CinemaCon conference in Las Vegas.
A new trailer video shows the actor riding a motorcycle down a ramp and off a cliff in Norway before deploying a parachute mid-air.
Movie theater operators and Hollywood studio officials watched the trailer and a documentary film, featuring commentary from Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie.
“This is far and away the most dangerous thing I have attempted; we have been working on this for years,” the actor said according to the One America News Network. “I wanted to do it since [I was] a little kid.”
Cruise, 59, prepared for more than a year to perfect the feat, which included 500 skydiving sessions and 13,000 bike jumps. The stunt was filmed six times according to the Hollywood Reporter.
After a year-long pandemic affected shoot in Italy, Norway, and the United Kingdom, “Mission: Impossible 7,” is set for release in May 2022. Cruise will revive his role as suave agent Ethan Hunt.