Tom Cruise truly outdoes himself with every Mission: Impossible stunt and his latest is no different, with the actor seen jumping off a motorbike mid-air while filming scenes for the next sequel.
The 58-year-old actor got to work on shooting the seventh installment of the blockbuster action franchise last week in Oxfordshire.
It’s safe to say the countryside locals enjoyed great entertainment for the afternoon as Tom got suited up in protective biker gear for the stomach-churning stunt. The daring scene saw the actor on a 650ft ramp before launching himself off the vehicle mid-air.
Of course, Tom was prevented from hurtling towards the ground and was suspended in the air by safety wires. But judging by his grimace, even this stunt was enough to turn Tom’s stomach inside out.
No doubt the crew were relieved the shoot seemingly went off without a hitch after a stuntman came into trouble while trying to film the same move earlier this month.
It was reported that a motorbike burst into flames causing damage to the £2 million set and halting production.
A source told The Sun at the time that the stunt was ‘miscalculated’ and that the stuntman was supposed to land on pillows padded with cards, while the bike crashed to the ground a few metres away.
The insider revealed: ‘The heat and the friction of the tyres meant that when the bike crashed, the cardboard padding sparked and went up in flames. The smoke was so bad they had to close a nearby RAF airfield.
‘Fortunately, nobody was hurt but it’s a total catastrophe, not to mention extremely expensive for all concerned. Tom is very frustrated. Nobody wants more delays.’
Tom was said to be working with a parachute for a ‘snow’ scene nearby and was not involved in the accident.
The seventh Mission: Impossible film has suffered other setbacks with its release date pushed back from July 2021 to November, after the pandemic saw the cast and crew rush back from filming in Venice to the UK.
Keen to get the ball rolling again, Tom reportedly created a ‘coronavirus-free village’ on an old RAF base in Oxfordshire.
The seventh film will be released three years after Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which grossed over $790 million (£604m) worldwide.
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