After performing death-defying stunts like scaling the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and strapping himself to a plane taking off in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Cruise, director Christopher McQuarrie, and the production team upped the ante even more. In M:I6, Cruise literally jumped out of a plane for a HALO (High Altitude Low Open) skydive stunt.
There’s no special effects or CGI tricks on this one. In fact, according to stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood, Cruise became the first actor to do their own HALO jump on camera for a stunt.
As this behind-the scenes featurette below shows, Cruise himself performed the stunt from 25,000-feet in the air, zooming towards the ground at over 200 mph. The production team created a custom helmet for Cruise to help complete the stunt, and the actor performed the jump over 100 times to get the scene just right.
Take a look at Cruise doing his thing:
Mission: Impossible – Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team butting heads with the CIA and assassins as they try and stop a global catastrophe. Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, and Sean Harris are all back for another installment, while Henry Cavill (and his mustache), Wes Bentley, Vanessa Kirby, and Angela Bassett are joining the series for the first time.
Here’s another look at Cruise doing the stunt, courtesy of his Instagram:
Mission: Impossible – Fallout will be released on July 27.