The Crazy Way Tom Cruise Had To Film A Mission: Impossible Fallout Plane Jumping Stunt

Tom Cruise is a huge movie star and with that comes a certain amount of power and control. However, sometimes there's just nothing you can do to make the circumstances of a shot any better for yourself. Mission: Impossible Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie recently revealed an image from the set of the new movie that involved a stunt where Tom Cruise had to jump out of an airplane. However, in order to get the shot just the way they wanted, the shot could only be done during a particular three minute period, and since the scene required two minutes of action, it could only be attempted once per day. Check it out.

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Even Tom Cruise can't keep the sun sitting in the sky (as far as I know). We tend to think of the life of a movie star as being a fairly carefree existence, but there has to be a pretty significant amount of pressure that goes along with a shot like this. If you screw up, not only do you have to do the take again, but you have to come back tomorrow to try again. Then you get to spend all day thinking about how you're only going to have one shot that day to get it right, and if there's a problem, you'll have to come back the next day.

It understandable why this was, according to Christopher McQuarrie's Instagram post, left to be the last shot of the production. If there were significant issues getting it, there's the possibility it could delay everything that needs to come after it. By leaving it until the end, nobody is waiting for anything except this last shot.

Also, if Tom Cruise breaks a bone, it doesn't put the production back by several weeks. Such was the case when Cruise, performing stunts himself as he almost always does, broke his foot leaping from one rooftop to another while filming Mission: Impossible Fallout. Of course, breaking bones didn't deter the actor from continuing to perform stunts himself, and as soon as filming resumed he was jumping on helicopters again. The delay has resulted in the new film having a shorter than normal post-production period, but the plus side of doing so many stunts practically is that you don't need to spend a lot of time creating things digitally.

The Mission: Impossible series is one of the most popular action franchises currently running today and there are a lot of fans all over the world who are looking forward to the next installment. In addition to Tom Cruise, the new movie co-stars Henry Cavill and also Henry Cavill's mustache.

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