Tom Cruise, 60, shows fans exactly how the motorcycle stunt was performed in Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One in a behind-the-scenes clip
Tom Cruise stars in his 2023 film Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One (aka M:I 7), which gives a behind-the-scenes look at “the greatest stunt in cinema history.”
The stunt was a motorcycle jump off a cliff into a basic jump, which Cruz performed in place of a stuntman.
“I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little kid,” said the 60-year-old actor — who just jumped off a plane to thank fans for the success of his movie Top Gun: Maverick — at the beginning of the video.
Daredevil: Tom Cruise performed ‘the greatest stunt in cinema history’ by driving a motorcycle off a cliff and then jumping off the base for his 2023 movie Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One (aka M:I 7)
There he goes: The action star was dressed in all black with a pack on his back and he was going full speed
They plan to do the job on a cliff in Norway and build a giant ramp for Cruise to ride the motorcycle on.
“This is the most dangerous thing we’ve ever attempted,” Cruz said in the video.
To prepare for the adventure, the Top Gun representative put together a group of experts in all the disciplines involved in the game to make the whole thing happen.
Primary jump coach Miles Daisher commented on Cruise’s ability: ‘You tell him something, and he locks him in.’
We took off: Cruz is seen on harnesses as he cruises through the air; The motorcycle is connected with a separate cable
In the Air: This is what it looks like in the movie. Cruise practiced by completing over 500 skydives and over 13,000 motocross jumps
Before the Jump: In the film’s teaser, he approaches a cliff before running off it
Lots of nerves: The crew had to work out the best places to place the cameras so that the action could be captured in the most effective and exciting way possible.
His sense of spatial awareness. He is the most perceptive person I have ever met.
In order to perform the stunt on camera, many experts had to work out the best equipment and pose to use when filming so that the trick would be captured in the best way possible.
Christopher McQuarrie, the film’s writer and director, noted: “Even a couple of years ago, cameras weren’t there allowing us to do what we’re trying to do today.”
Cruz also mentioned that he wanted to really engage the audience and give them that thrill.
No stuntman needed: The Mummy actor did the actual stunt himself six times off a cliff in Norway
Over the Slope: Here he stood while a drone filmed the stunt from above
Months in the making: The Top Gun: The maverick cast and crew have been preparing for the adventure for several years and setting up motion capture equipment to track where they’ll end up in the air during the stunt
On the job: Tom and the director seemed unafraid of heights as they stood at the end of the cliff
He’s done over 500 skydives, and over 13,000 motocross jumps to be as prepared as possible for the actual adventure.
They replicated the ramp they were going to use for the actual stunt at a quarry in England and filled it with cardboard boxes to catch the motorcycle after Cruz came off the ramp.
Macquarie talked about how they built slope models to calculate where Cruz would be in the air and what path he would be on.
“We have to be able to consistently predict where Tom will be in three-dimensional space,” he said.
Design expert: The group of experts Cruz put together helped him practice enough times that he could comfortably do everything himself
When Cruz did the real job in Norway, he rode a motorcycle off a cliff and then successfully jumped six times in one day.
After the thrill-filled jumps, Macquarie said: ‘The only thing that scares me more is what we have planned for the mission. [Impossible] 8. ‘
Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 14, 2023.
No Fear: The film’s writer and director, Christopher McQuarrie, said what scares him most about this stunt is what they have planned for the next installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.
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