Tom Cruise is best known for performing his own stunts and how! Paramount Pictures have released a featurette showcasing the same for Mission: Impossible- Fallout. The video shows the training and challenges that the crew had to face while filming these stunts. One of the scenes involve a dangerous helicopter 360 degree barrel that was also featured in the trailer.
In the video, aerial coordinator Marc Wolff said, “Flying a helicopter takes a lot of skill. To put someone like Tom in a situation like this is almost impossible to imagine.” According to stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood, Tom Cruise wanted to do everything practically without using green screen or computer generated special effects. This meant that Cruise had to learn how to fly a helicopter and complete 2000 in-flight hours before he could perform the helicopter stunts.
In fact, special cameras were put in place inside the helicopter to show that Cruise was actually flying the helicopter. He also sustained injuries last year in August, on the sets after getting slammed while filming a stunt for Fallout. This led to a further delay in production.
For the reboot of Mummy as well, Cruise shot 64 takes of a plane crash sequence in zero gravity. For Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol also, he hung from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and was strapped to the wing of a moving plane for a scene in Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.
Mission Impossible: Fallout marks Christopher McQuarrie return to helm the film after Rogue Nation in 2015. The cast includes Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris reprising their roles, while Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby, Sian Brooke and Angela Bassett are joining the franchise with this film. Fallout will hit the theatres on July 27.