Tom Cruise says “Top Gun” sequel “would be fun”

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cruise back with more stunts in ‘Rogue Nation’.

Tom Cruise’s mission for his latest movie was to dangle from the side of a plane for a mid-air stunt that might go down as the most dangerous of his career.The 53-year-old Hollywood A-lister is known for performing his own stunts, and continued the trend with an all-action display reprising the role of spy Ethan Hunt in the fifth instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

The scene calls for Cruise’s superspy Ethan Hunt to run along the wing of an Airbus A400, a military transport aircraft, then leap to a side door on the fuselage and hang on for dear life as it took off with a deadly payload inside. “When you see the movie, you know he survived because he’s been doing press for it and there’s been no national mourning,” Pegg tells the Daily News. “But when you’re actually on the ground and watching him on the plane, there’s a whole other degree of terror because you don’t know how it will turn out.” Director Christopher McQuarrie, though, insists Pegg had no reason to fear that his friend would plummet to his doom. Appearing on the red carpet at the London Imax tonight, Cruise attributed the gruelling stunt scenes – many of them filmed on the streets of London – to years of practice. “I don’t sleep much and I love what I do so I’m working many long hours. I usually will break the film down in sequences – I work with the stunt team to train and train. “I want something that’s cinematic, that’s character and story – for me, story is king. Saturday’s premiere attracted a celebrity crowd which also included Cruise’s co-stars Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg, as well as the likes of Carol Vorderman, Eddie Izzard and magician Dynamo. When he’s working on one of the films, “I think, what is going to entertain them, what is going to surprise them and what story are we going to come up with here and how to put these things in,” Cruise said at the film’s world premiere on Thursday night when asked about the stunts.

It has been nearly 20 years since the first Mission: Impossible film came out, and Cruise said that while he now may be older, he keeps pushing himself. “I just don’t sleep, I just keep going,” he said. In order to have a wing-mounted camera get both Cruise and the runway in the frame to make the shot more exciting, Airbus test pilot Ed Strongman had to maneuver a faster, vertical takeoff usually reserved for air show tricks. The film is partly set in Vienna, where Thursday’s premiere was held. “I think there are always big problems to solve and ways to figure it out, and the sequences keep you on the edge of your seat … it’s funny and fun and it takes you to a different place,” Cruise said. “We have such fun characters in the movie.” The film also stars Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson. So that’s what we did.” McQuarrie remembers walking around the entire length of the plane to give Cruise, already tied into place, notes via hand signals over the noise of the engines before the first takeoff. “He knew I could hear him and he turned to me and screamed at the top of his lungs, ‘Just remember, if I look like I’m panicking, it’s because I’m acting.

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