Tom Cruise, 60, shows fans exactly how the motorcycle stunt was done for Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One in behind-the-scenes clip
Tom Cruise shared a featurette for his 2023 film Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One (aka M:I 7), which gave a behind-the-scenes look at the ‘greatest stunt in cinema history.’
The stunt was a motorcycle jump off a cliff into a base jump, which was performed by Cruise instead of a stuntman.
The 60-year-old actor — who just jumped out of a plane to thank fans for the success of his film Top Gun: Maverick — said at the beginning of the video: ‘I’ve wanted to do it since I was a little kid.’
Daredevil: Tom Cruise performed the ‘greatest stunt in cinema history’ by driving a motorcycle off a cliff and then base jumping for his 2023 film Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One (aka M:I 7)
There he goes: The action star had on all black with a pack on his back as he went at top speed
They planned to do the stunt on a cliff in Norway and built a giant ramp for Cruise to ride the motorcycle off of.
In the video, Cruise said: ‘This is far and away the most dangerous thing we’ve ever attempted.’
To prepare for the stunt, the Top Gun actor put together a group of experts in all of the disciplines involved in the stunt to make the whole thing happen.
Miles Daisher, the base jumping coach, remarked on Cruise’s ability: ‘You tell him something, and he just locks it in.’
We have lifted off: Cruise was seen on a harness as he sailed through the air; the motorcycle was attached to a separate cable
In the air: This is how it looks on film. Cruise practiced by completing over 500 skydives and over 13,000 motocross jumps
Before the jump: In the film’s teaser he approaches the cliff before driving off of it
Lots of nerves: The crew had to work out the best places to position the cameras so that the stunt could be captured in the most effective and exciting way.
His sense of spatial awareness. He is the most aware person I’ve ever met.’
In order to perform the stunt on camera, several experts had to work out the best equipment and positioning to use when filming so that the stunt would be captured in the best possible way.
Christopher McQuarrie, the writer and director of the film, noted: ‘Even two years ago, the cameras didn’t exist that would allow us to do what we are trying to do today.’
Cruise also mentioned that he wanted to really involve the audience and give them that thrill.
No stuntman needed: The Mummy actor performed the actual stunt himself six times off a cliff in Norway
Up the ramp: Here he stood up as a drone filmed the stunt from above
Months of preparation: The Top Gun: The Maverick actor and the crew prepared for the stunt for several years and set up motion capture equipment to track where he would end up in the air during the stunt.
On the job: Tom and the director did not seem to have a fear of heights as they stood on the end of the ramp
He performed over 500 skydives, and over 13,000 motocross jumps to be prepared as possible for the actual stunt.
They replicated the ramp they would use for the actual stunt in a quarry in England and filled it with cardboard boxes to catch the motorcycle after Cruise drove off the ramp.
McQuarrie talked about how they built models of the ramp to calculate where Cruise would be in the air and what trajectory he would be on.
He said: ‘We have to be able to consistently predict where Tom will be in three-dimensional space.’
Expert in the making: The group of experts that Cruise put together helped him practice enough times so that he could comfortably do the whole thing himself
When Cruise performed the stunt for real in Norway, he rode the motorcycle off the cliff and then base jumped successfully six times in one day.
After the suspense-filled jumps, McQuarrie said: ‘The only thing that scares me more is what we have planned for Mission’ [Impossible] 8.’
Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One is set to release in theaters on July 14, 2023.
No fear: The writer and director of the film, Christopher McQuarrie said that what scares him more than this stunt is what they have planned for the next installment of the Mission Impossible franchise.