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Tom Cruise wows fans with new details, footage of Mission Impossible stunt

Tom Cruise debuted footage of a new high-stakes stunt from Mission: Impossibel - Fallout, the sixth film in the action-adventure series.

hollywood Updated: Apr 26, 2018 14:36 IST
Agence France-Presse
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Tom Cruise, star of the upcoming film Mission: Impossible - Fallout, addresses the audience during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2018.(Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Tom Cruise regaled CinemaCon Wednesday with a demonstration of his renowned stuntman skills, as Paramount and Universal built buzz for their upcoming slates of blockbusters. Appearing in Las Vegas to introduce Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the upcoming sixth movie in Paramount’s long-running spy franchise, Cruise took up the last half-hour to explain the movie’s marquee death-defying stunt.

The scene -- replayed from several angles for the CinemaCon crowd in Las Vegas -- involved a 220 mile-an-hour (340 kph) “halo” (“high altitude, low open”) skydive during which he grabs Henry Cavill’s character in mid-air.

Cruise, a 55-year-old veteran of more than 50 movies who broke his ankle during another of the film’s stunts, simulates going into a spin when he is hit by lightning almost immediately after leaping out of his plane at around 30,000 feet.

“This movie, it is without a doubt the most epic Mission that we’ve made and it’s a film that is adventurous, it’s emotional, and it’s really cutting-edge,” Cruise told AFP backstage at Caesar’s Palace.

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Long admired for performing his own increasingly ambitious stunts, Cruise said it took 106 jumps to get the three takes required, filmed partly by a cameraman falling backward out of the plane.

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First Published: Apr 26, 2018 14:35 IST