The one upmanship of death-defying stunts for Tom Cruise continues in Mission Impossible 7. It is now a game of chicken between death and Tom Cruise and we all seem complicit to his need to always bring more scary action into the MI franchise. And recently the actor detailed what it was like filming a bike stunt that left Tom with a lot of things to consider.
Mission Impossible is a nearly three-decade old franchise based on a TV series of the same name. The film sees Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt on missions all over the world, trying to stop bad guys from blowing the whole world to smithereens. In recent years each subsequent Mission Impossible film has received critical acclaim and success at the box office.
Most of the emphasis is put on how much action Tom Cruise is really doing in the movie. Seeing an A-list actor doing his own stunt in a movie with good script has been a winner and with each movie Tom Cruise has tried to crank the stunts all the way up. With Mission Impossible 7 looking to one up the past films, Tom Cruise detailed what it was like filming one of the riskiest scenes in the movie.
Consideration and Risk – Tom Cruise Details One Mission Impossible 7 Stunt
Tom Cruise rode a bike off a cliff in Norway for Mission Impossible 7 stunt.
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From climbing the world’s tallest building to strapping himself to the outside of a plane, Tom Cruise has wowed audiences with practical effects. Now he is more a daredevil than an actor which means there is always the pressure of fans wanting more the next time around. This is not a healthy cycle to be on but it appears Tom is not letting the pressure get to him.
In Mission Impossible 7 we have seen pictures and clips of the actor riding bikes in Norway and running atop of a train in Turkey. We have also heard of behind the scene incidents where Tom was heard going off on crew members not following COVID protocols during filming. But that does not matter to the fans of Mission Impossible, they are here to see Tom jump from buildings and dangle from scary heights.
And despite the behind-the-scenes drama Tom Cruise knows why fans flock to see MI movies in droves. So, every press event or interview the actor is talking about the next daredevil stunt he is attempting. Whether it is making everyone on The Graham Norton Show squeamish or making James Cordon jump off a plane, stunts are big part of the marketing campaign for MI movies.
Same is the case for Mission Impossible 7 as speculations have intensified on what scary stunts, he is attempting next. Few months ago, there were pictures and video of Tom filming in Norway where the actor was supposed on a bike that launched from the top of a cliff. The clip was grainy and there was no telling if it was really Tom and not a double riding the bike.
Well, it turns out Tom Cruise was riding the bike on the cliff and he set off from the top while riding the bike and wearing a parachute. The Ethan Hunt actor explained all the thinking and preparation that went behind perfecting the stunt. Making sure he did not get tangled with the bike, keeping the helicopter as far as possible so he does not get hit with debris while filming. Everything coupled together the actor was able execute one of the most complicated stunts of his MI career.
Tom explained to Empire Magazine, “If the wind was too strong, it would blow me off the ramp. The helicopter [filming the stunt] was a problem, because I didn’t want to be hammering down that ramp at top speed and get hit by a stone. Or if I departed in a weird way, we didn’t know what was going to happen with the bike. I had about six seconds once I departed the ramp to pull the chute and I don’t want to get tangled in the bike. If I do, that’s not going to end well.”
It is that devotion to the craft of making movie and pushing the limit is what fans love about the actor. That is behind the success of MI movies with his latest collection of stunts pushing Mission Impossible 7 to international success despite the pandemic causing havoc on theaters. The seventh Mission Impossible movie is slated for 27 May 2022 release date.
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