Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Wes Bentley and Frederick Schmidt also star in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, directed by Rogue Nation and Edge of Tomorrow helmer Christopher McQuarrie. I did The Playboy Interview with Cruise a few years ago, after he ran around the exterior facade of a Dubai skyscraper 1700 feet off the ground for Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Not only that, but it appears Cruise is actually pioneering this ultra-niche act when it comes to presenting it on the silver screen as an actor.
Cruise jumped out of a plane travelling 160 miles per hour, and fell at a speed of around 200 miles per hour while having to hit all of his marks alongside fellow plummeting cameramen to film the scene correctly. This is a military technique that stands for High Altitude, Low Open and it was as hard to plan and capture on film as you can imagine. Cruise himself doesn't add much other than saying how excited he is for audiences to see this latest act of derring-do. That's impressive.The technique is mostly used by the military or those engaged in covert operations, where quick, unnoticed aerial infiltrations are more important than the safety one would garner from opening the chute far sooner. Cruise and a fearless crew prepared for months in advance for it, first rehearsing the scene over a wind tunnel. Hypoxia, apparently, is quite a serious problem when jumping from such heights. "The risk of a midair collision, we were really concerned about".
In fact, Tom was so dead-set on getting it right for the movie that he ended up doing the jump over 100 times in total.
We must say, Tom Cruise never fails to impress us!