Tom Cruise performs the ‘most dangerous stunt’ he has ever attempted in a behind-the-scenes clip from ‘M:I 7’

Tom Cruise gave fans an inside look at how he and his team pulled off “the greatest stunt in cinema history” for “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1.”

On Wednesday, the 60-year-old actor shared a 9-minute featurette from the upcoming film detailing how to create the stunt, in which Cruise rides a motorcycle off a cliff and then jumps off the base into a canyon.

“This is the most dangerous thing we’ve ever attempted,” Cruz said at the beginning of the clip.

Tom Cruise gave fans an inside look at how he and his team pulled off “the greatest stunt in cinema history” for “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1.”
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The “Top Gun: Maverick” star continued, “We’ll shoot it in Norway and it’ll be a motorcycle jumping off a cliff into a basic jump.”

Tom Cruise flies off a mountain during the filming of “Mission: Impossible 8”

The camera panned a huge cliff that ended up on the edge of a huge cliff as Cruise said, “I’ve wanted to do that since I was a little kid.”

“It all comes down to one thing – the audience.”

Director/writer Christopher McQuarrie explained that Cruise created a master plan and put together a team of experts from all the disciplines involved to pull off the feat.

Second Unit Director and Stunts Coordinator Wade Eastwood detailed the intense preparation that Cruise and the team undertook, which included “a year of basic training, advanced skydiving training, lots of parachute skills, and lots of tracking.”

Cruise was amazed by primary jump coach Miles Daisher, who called him an “amazing individual”.

“You tell him something, and he locks it up,” Daisher added. “His sense of spatial awareness, he’s the most aware person I’ve ever met.”

“The tracking with John and Miles is up in the air,” he continued. “Doing a lot of different spots. Like they’re a two-man team in the air. They go over each other, under each other, backtrack, forward track. You know we dug, dug and dug.”

In the clip, Cruz explained that motocross was the next part of training.

Eastwood recalled how the team built a motocross track so the actor could “jump off tabletops 70 to 80 feet high”.

“I have to get so good at it that it’s impossible for me to miss my marks,” Cruz added.

Cruz went on to say that he trained, drilled, and performed over 30 jumps a day, perfecting every aspect of the stunt. The video stated that he made more than 13,000 jumps in total, and Eastwood indicated that he did more than 500 skydives during his training.

Another challenge involved, Macquarie explained, was positioning the cameras so that all of the stunts were captured on film.

“Confronting this trick is only one of the technical challenges,” he explained. “The other is to put a camera in place so you can see where Tom is doing it.”

He adds, “Finding the right lens, the right platform, the right medium. Even a couple of years ago cameras didn’t exist, which will allow us to do what we’re trying to do today.”

Cruz revealed that he trained, drilled, and performed more than 30 jumps a day, perfecting every aspect of the stunt.

Cruz revealed that he trained, drilled, and performed more than 30 jumps a day, perfecting every aspect of the stunt.
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How do we engage the audience? Cruz asked. “I just want to give them that thrill.”

Macquarie noted that the camera should be in front of the actor and as close as possible to him.

The production team built a ramp over a quarry in England to replicate the jump in Norway and filled the landing area with cardboard boxes to catch the motorcycle after Cruise jumped off it.

“How fast should I go, how far should I travel?” Cruz said.

In order to accomplish the camera work, the team built models of different staircases at different angles to calculate Cruise’s trajectory.

The actor had a GPS device attached to him to track his movements, and he was surrounded by drone cameras for close-ups.

“Because if we do it all, but we don’t catch it, what’s the point?” Cruz said.

“I always wear my earplugs, so I don’t have to hear myself scream,” he said, grinning.

The key, he explained, was reaching certain speeds and consistency. The motorcycle didn’t have a speedometer, so the actor said he knew when to hop on by “the sound and feel of the bike.”

“We have to be able to consistently predict where Tom is in three-dimensional space,” McQuarrie noted.

The clip cut to Hellesylt, Norway, on the day of filming in 2020. McQuarrie said that the “Mission: Impossible” team always begins shooting with the biggest stunt in a movie.

Tom Cruise has performed the death-defying stunt six times.

Tom Cruise has performed the death-defying stunt six times.
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In addition to the stunts, the director noted that the weather also had to be perfect.

Cruz explained that he started warming up with base jumps to get a feel for the weather.

“Of course, when something is done for the first time, you can’t help but worry about how it’s actually going to go,” Daicher said. “The only things you should really avoid while doing a stunt like this is serious injury or death.”

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Tension arose when Cruz made his first attempt at motorcycle riding off the cliff and basic jump into the rocky bowl. The team clapped and cheered as he successfully pulled it off.

The video revealed that Cruz had performed the stunt six times that day.

“This is the most dangerous stunt we’ve ever tried,” McQuarrie said. “The only thing that scares me more is what we have planned for Mission 8.”

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 will hit theaters on July 13, 2023.

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