Tom Cruise, Who Just Turned 60, Dangles From Another Plane In ‘Mission: Impossible 7’

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When Top Gun: Maverick co-star Jon Hamm told us Tom Cruise is one of the last remaining movie stars with a capital ‘M’ and capital ‘S,’ he wasn’t exaggerating. As if sitting in the cockpit of real F/A-18 fighter jets to withstand equally real G-forces for our entertainment wasn’t enough, the veteran action hero – who only recently celebrated his 60th birthday – has once again dangled from an airborne plane for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning (because it just ain’t a Tom Cruise flick without some batshit authentic stunt).

The reveal was made by Mission: Impossible director and longtime Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie, who posted a snapshot of TC doing his thing with a vintage biplane, virtually devoid of context, to wish his daredevil leading man a happy birthday.

“A small camera can be seen attached to the rear fin, and a closer look reveals a pilot seated in the rear cockpit,” writes Rahul Mahotra of Collider.



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“It was reported by The Sun last year that Cruise had learned to fly a Boeing-Stearman biplane for a major sequence in the then-untitled Mission: Impossible 8.”

‘The report also cited witnesses as describing the sequence being filmed over Cambridgeshire in the UK. Cruise was harnessed to the wing, sitting upside down while the plane performed a belly-roll. The pilot then sent the plane into a nosedive and a spin, as Cruise made his way back into the cockpit.”

But would you believe this isn’t even the headlining death-defying spectacle at the centrepiece of MI7?

Last year, the thespian behind IMF agent Ethan Hunt confirmed one of the other stunts featured in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning is hands down the “single most dangerous thing” he’s ever survived. Topping when he scaled the Burj Khalifa, both times he’s clung to the side of a plane in motion, free soloing without a harness, and even that High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jump.

While riding a motorcycle off the edge of a cliff might sound milquetoast when compared to an airborne plane stunt, especially after decades of being exposed to re-creations of essentially the same thing in cinema, when Tom Cruise breaks down the logistics behind the act, you come to realise the real deal is a completely different ball game. This particular instance required months of training and weeks of planning.



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“If the wind was too strong, it would blow me off the ramp,” explained Tom Cruise.

“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’s a good thing TC’s finally retiring from the franchise after MI8.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning (Part I) has a scheduled release date of July 14th, 2023; while the direct sequel Mission: ImpossibleDead Reckoning (Part II) is scheduled to release on June 28th, 2024 – check out the teaser trailer below.