Tom Cruise has become known for taking on his own stunts, but this latest madness could be his most death-defying yet.
New pictures emerging from ‘Mission: Impossible 5’, currently filming
in the UK, show him strapped to the outside of an Airbus A400M before taking off.
Now, you’d be forgiven for thinking ‘tsk, that’s just a stunt man’,
but a closer look reveals that it REALLY IS the
52-year-old actor in a nice suit. And hopefully not slippy shoes.
Safety harnesses can be seen holding Cruise in place as he clings on at a reported 5000ft somewhere above the British countryside.
It is, of course, above and beyond the call of duty for most actors to perform such feats of derring-do, but not for Cruise who has embraced his inner dare devil for the action movie series.
For this film he’s already been snapped dangling on a rope from the roof of Austria’s Vienna Opera House with a stuntwoman.
And we all remember the stomach-churning pictures of him sitting barefoot at the top of the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai with not a harness in sight, 1,700ft off the ground.
That picture was taken after he’d scaled the building - 250ft higher than the Empire State - for ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’.
Director Brad Bird recalled at the time: “One night, after one of the
earliest shooting days, I bolted up in bed realizing that we had our
star dangling about a mile up in the air on a thin wire and my brain
was screaming, ‘What the hell are we doing’.”
Then prior to that, he scooted up Dead Horse in Utah for those
eye-popping free-climbing scenes at the beginning of ‘Mission:
Impossible II’, seemingly ‘insisting’ on doing so - though he did
rather sensibly have ropes that time.
Nevertheless, we’d hate to be his insurance broker.
The movie, the fifth in the series, is being directed by Christopher
McQuarrie, the ‘Usual Suspects’ screenwriter who directed Cruise in
'Jack Reacher' in 2012.
Cruise reprises the role of Agent Ethan Hunt, with support from Jeremy
Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Sean Harris.
It’s due out in the UK on Boxing Day, 2015.
Watch how Tom Cruise managed to shut down Trafalgar Square for his last movie ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ below.
Picture credits: FameFlynet/Rex Features