Mission Impossible Fallout behind-the-scenes: Tom Cruise flies his own helicopter, shoots the film’s biggest stunt

A new behind-the-scenes video from Mission Impossible - Fallout was released online on Wednesday, and it shows what could be Tom Cruise’s biggest stunt yet: Flying a helicopter without any aid.
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A new behind-the-scenes video from Mission: Impossible - Fallout was released online on Wednesday, and it shows what could be Tom Cruise’s biggest stunt yet -- flying a helicopter himself. Mission: Impossible - Fallout is the sixth film in the action franchise, was released

According to the crew, Cruise said he wanted to become ‘a 2000 hour pilot’ in ‘a very short’ span of time. “None of this has ever been attempted before,” director Christopher McQuarrie said. To put matters into perspective, it takes three months of eight hour days to become a novice helicopter pilot.

The crew attempted something unique this time around by pointing the cameras inwards, to highlight the reality. “Every camera position has been designed so that you can see Tom is doing everything,” we’re told. “Tom doesn’t want to sit in a greenscreen. The audiences can tell when something’s being cheated,” Wade Eastwood, the stunt coordinator, said.

For safety, all the pilots would get together in the morning and plan the course of action. Several other helicopters would follow Cruise as he manoeuvred the course, which ended with a very dangerous dive sequence - a 360 degrees downward spiral.

In a different chopper, McQuarrie would deliver direction, and often voice his nervousness.

Cruise has been known to up the ante with every Mission movie. He climbed the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and hung outside an airborne plane in Rogue Nation.

Fallout is scheduled for a July 27 release.

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