‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ BTS Video Shows Tom Cruise’s Insane Helicopter Stunt

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It’s been highly publicised that Tom Cruise gleefully embraces danger to deliver some jaw-dropping stunt work for the screen, but damn.

After hanging off cliffs, impossibly high buildings and freakin’ planes in Mission: Impossible II, Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation respectively, it appears that the latest M:I entry, Fallout, will have one of the most ambitious stunts yet.

To put it simply: Cruise learned how fly a chopper in order to fly one in a crazy stunt sequence. Cruise, who’s also an airplane pilot, took to Airbus and clocked in 2000 hours in a short amount of time so that he could manoeuvre a helicopter – while acting – through cliff gaps in a mult-chopper aerial chase sequence, which includes a 360 downward spiral. This should look awesome on the big screen. Check out the behind-the-scenes featurette below.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout, also starring Henry Cavill, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby, arrives in Australia on July 12 and will open in the U.S. on July 27.

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.

Image credit: Paramount Pictures

Image credit: Paramount Pictures

Image credit: Paramount Pictures

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