Mission Impossible: Watch Tom Cruise shoot that insane plane scene

  • Rohan Naahar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 05, 2015 14:14 IST
Tom Cruise chose to accept the mission, and survived, after 8 takes. (YouTube)

The action set-piece: That glowing section of the film that justifies the existence of popcorn, a favourite of attention-deficit teens on aeroplanes, and inspirer of courage in actors. The Mission Impossible series has provided us with some of the

greatest ever

. And now, we get a great behind-the-scenes look at the biggest sequence of the latest Mission Impossible film, Rogue Nation.

When Tom Cruise climbed on top of The Burj Khalifa in Brad Bird's Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, it was truly breathtaking. It was a scene that not only displayed the power of the IMAX camera, it also was a master-class in how to stage a sequence with multiple moving parts, and never losing focus on the characters. So how do you top that?

That's the daunting challenge that director Christopher McQuarrie was faced with while plotting out the fifth entry in the series, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

The video that we have takes us inside the Airbus A400M just moments before that money shot we've all seen in the trailer was staged. It's the centerpiece of the film.

Watch the video here

Cruise, the megastar who remains unscathed (at least on the outside) from the most recent round of Scientology bashing thanks to Alex Gibney's documentary, straps himself in after a self-confessed sleepless night. It was finally happening: He'd asked for it. With a swift thumbs-up, he was off.

'I thought it would be one-take. But he did it eight times', says the visibly amazed visual effects supervisor David Vickery.

We see the fear on Cruise's face as the plane begins to takeoff, the sheer force of the wind un-perching his feet as the title 'Go Rogue' appears.

Mission accomplished: We are psyched.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Furguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin. It is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and will arrive in Indian theatres on August 7.

And go behind-the-scenes of that great Burj Khalifa scene in Ghost Protocol here

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