Tom Cruise: ‘Stunts are only possible through long hours of practice’

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THESE days, audiences know Tom Cruise as the guy who willingly straps himself to the outside of a moving plane or hangs outside a skyscraper, but danger wasn’t always his forte. “This was my first experience with stunts, and an expert marksman was aiming at me!” he told W magazine. “Between takes I pulled the guy aside and said, ‘Have you done this before? Last month, film producer and Skydance media company Chief Executive David Ellison was quoted in media reports as saying work on a Top Gun 2 screenplay was under way. “It would be fun. You’re not going to shoot me, are you?’ I was terrified that my first big part would be my last.” “There is no stunt double in this movie,” says Wade Eastwood, stunt co-ordinator on Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, the fifth film in the high-octane espionage franchise. “The only time we used them was in rehearsal.” Instead, it’s Cruise who handles the wham-bam fighting, high-speed driving, aforementioned unorthodox plane ride and everything else that gets thrown at his character, secret agent Ethan Hunt.

I would like to get back into those jets,” Cruise said at the London premiere of his latest action film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation on Saturday night. “It would have to be practical. Each movie has included a set piece or two that required the actor to strap on his stunt man hat — but not really, because he doesn’t bother with helmets.

Basically, Cruise was tethered to the side of the plane, and it took off — soaring up to 5,000 feet, at 296km/pH. (The camera was attached to the plane, in front of Cruise.) After the bit was tested with a dummy, Cruise was ready to go. The main fear was that something would strike Cruise while he was hurtling through the air at more than a hundred miles an hour — be it a pebble, a piece of the camera rig or, worst of all, a bird. It involves a chase through Morocco — with Cruise first in a car and then on a motorcycle. “[He] said, ‘I’m doing it all,’” Eastwood recalls.

He was taught to “drift” drive — oversteering to create a lack of friction between the tires and the road, so the vehicle seems to slide. “We took him from being able to drift a corner one out of three times, to doing it 20 out of 20 times at great speed,” Eastwood says. “He was on the money every day.” The car sequence was especially dangerous because it involved extras and other drivers. Not to mention co-star Simon Pegg, riding shotgun. (They pranked each other by turning on the other’s seat heater in the Moroccan sun.) The bike chase sped down Morocco’s R203 highway, a curvy road with steep drops. “That was hairy,” Eastwood says. “When you’re on a track and you run wide, it’s not a huge problem. On film, he stayed underwater for a lung-burning six minutes. “I’ve always wanted to climb.” the actor says in behind-the-scenes footage. “[Director John Woo] was so nervous that I might plummet to my death and he’d be held responsible.” “When we were on the wall and it was just us two, he was saying, ‘Isn’t this great?

Look at the view,’” Kauk says. “You’d think he’d be more nervous.” “It was toward the end of the day when he first went out, and he was kind of messing around out there in a casual way, and I was talking with someone, and I kind of forgot about him,” director Brad Bird told The Post. “All of a sudden we heard — ‘Woooooo!’ — and we see this body go arcing by one of the windows, then hitting a rough landing and a crash.

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