‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Behind the Scenes Video: One of Tom Cruise’s Most Dangerous Stunts Yet

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Well, he’s already hung off the side of a plane during take-off, so now he may as well jump off one.

A new Mission: Impossible – Fallout behind-the-scenes featurette has arrived, this one showing off a nerve-wracking stunt featuring the one actor with the guts to do it: Tom Cruise. One of the major stunts in the upcoming Mission: Impossible film will find Cruise jumping out of a plane, but, of course, this ain’t no ordinary skydive. Cruise undertakes a HALO Jump; HALO stands for High Altitude Low Open, meaning you jump from a ridiculous height and open your parachute way closer to the ground than standard practice recommends in order to avoid being spotted by enemy forces.

Cruise has become the first actor to attempt and successfully accomplish a HALO Jump on camera. And as you can see below, it was no easy undertaking, from the health dangers associated with being so high up (“you start losing your mind, but you don’t realise it”), to building a giant wind machine in order to rehearse, to the tight 3-minutes-per-day window they have to shoot the stunt, to Cruise ensuring he’s falling in the right proximity to the camera operator that’s jumped ahead of him. Craziness.

The franchise has offered up some spectacular set pieces with Cruise risking it all in the name of entertainment. With this insane jump and that awesome-looking chopper sequence, not to mention that building-to-building jump that broke his ankle, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is shaping up to the most jaw-dropping film yet. We can’t wait.

The film, also starring Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Ving Rhames, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin and Wes Bentley, will hit US cinemas on July 27 and opens in Australia on August 2.

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

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