Tom Cruise is at it again with the jaw-dropping motorcycle stunts.
Cruise, 58, who is returning to the role of Ethan Hunt for the seventh film in the Mission: Impossible franchise, has been doing his own stunt work for years.
By the looks of it, they’ll be as impressive and terrifying as ever.
With each new Mission: Impossible movie, Ethan Hunt must go to greater and greater lengths in order to achieve the impossible, so it’s only natural Cruise’s latest shoot involved an insane feat from the top of a mountain in Norway.
The actor wowed onlookers after completing four jumps with a motorcycle from a huge ramp on the Helsetkopen mountain top.
In a video posted on the Cinema Magic Instagram page, Cruise is seen flying through the air, then parachuting down the steep mountainside before landing safely on the ground.
He was snapped filming a similar stunt in the UK last month, following reports that production would face further delays after filming in Italy was halted back in March due to the coronavirus outbreak because a stuntman’s bike exploded while filming.
The UK stunt filmed for the movie was estimated to have cost $3.6 million, one of the most expensive of its kind performed in Britain.
Trials by stuntmen saw the set go up in flames – showing just how dangerous these stunts can be. Nobody was hurt in the accident.
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Flinging himself off ramps into the sky isn’t the only death-defying act Cruise has performed for the film. Another witness saw the actor leap from a helicopter 3000m in the air.
Cruise recently told The Daily Mail that he will put a stop to his stunt work when he turns 60, a milestone that he will reach in July 2022.
That leaves one more instalment of the movie, the eighth and final Mission Impossible.
“There is no way that Tom won’t do his trademark stunts for the last film, but he doesn’t want to do it past 60 so is keen to get it all wrapped up by the time he reaches his big birthday,” an insider said.
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Cruise relocated to England in February to escape the pandemic, and has been there ever since. The actor seems to be enjoying his time in the UK, keeping fit by running through the streets of London every day and hanging out with co-star Simon Pegg at Soho Farmhouse, an exclusive members’ club in Oxfordshire.
Cruise is known for arriving at the club in style in his $4.5 million matte black helicopter.
“He uses that helicopter like a train. He is really enjoying the British countryside, as well as the London parks,” a source said.
“It is hard to see him leaving the UK at the end of all this filming. He has really begun to find himself at home here.”
The Mission Impossible franchise has so far grossed almost $5 billion worldwide since it began in 1996.
Throughout the films, Cruise has swung from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa building, clung to the side of a plane as it took off, and famously held his breath underwater for six minutes.
Meanwhile, one of Cruise’s former co-stars has revealed the A-list actor had an unusual rule for his films, apparently forbidding his fellow actors running with him on-screen.
Actress Annabelle Wallis, who co-starred with Cruise in 2017’s reboot of The Mummy, made the admission in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter this month.
“I got to run on-screen with him, but he told me ‘no’ at first. He said, ‘Nobody runs on-screen (with me),’ and I said, ‘But I’m a really good runner,’” Wallis said. “So, I would time my treadmill so that he’d walk in and see me run. And then he added all these running scenes. So, that was it.
“It was, like, better than an Oscar. I was so happy. I was so happy that I got to run on-screen with Tom Cruise,” she said.
She may have had a better time than another former Cruise leading lady. In July, Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 2 co-star Thandie Newton revealed the difficult times she had on set with her “very dominant” lead some 20 years ago.
“He was a very dominant individual. He tries super hard to be a nice person. But the pressure. He takes on a lot. And I think he has this sense that only he can do everything as best as it can be done,” Newton said.
Mission: Impossible 7 will star Cruise alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Nicholas Hoult, Hayley Atwell, Simon Pegg and others, and is set to be released in November 2021.