How Tom Cruise Prepared for the Biggest Stunt in Movie History

Mission Impossible 7 won't be released until May of 2022, but naturally, the Paramount presentation at CinemaCon promoted all their biggest movies on the schedule for the next year. It included details of that big stunt in the seventh Mission Impossible film, in which Cruise rides a motorcycle off a cliff and then parachutes to the ground. Cruise spent an entire year training for this one scene!

Over the course of a year, Cruise completed about 500 skydives, which sometimes included 30 in one day, as well as 13,000 motocross jumps on a specially constructed track. All of this was done to make sure Cruise was a complete expert at not just base jumping and parachuting but motocross too. He’d need to be all of those things to pull off the stunt on the day.

Despite the video narration, Cruise actually performed this stunt six times for the production. The camera crew also trained long and hard to get the shots right, because it would all be in vain if the audience doesn't know it's really the 59-year-old Cruise doing it. Read how that all came together at Gizmodo. 

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