Famous for performing his own stunts, Hollywood celebrity Tom Cruise is believed to be the first actor to ever perform a Halo (High Altitude Low Opening) jump on camera, having done so in the UAE during the filming of the latest Mission: Impossible movie series.
The high altitude, free-fall parachute method is used by the military for the delivery of personnel, equipment and other supplies from a transport aircraft.
It will feature in Mission: Impossible - Fallout when it is released in the UAE on July 26.
On his Instagram account, Tom Cruise said thanked the team at the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, which helped orchestrate the stunt.
“Our stunts keep getting higher in altitude and lower in oxygen… Thank you to the amazing cast, crew and people of Abu Dhabi… for the amazing help and cooperation. Our filming here continues to be a wonderful experience,” he said.
The film, which spent a year in the making, was the fifth Hollywood blockbuster to be filmed in Abu Dhabi. It was also the second Mission Impossible movie to be filmed in the UAE, as parts of the 2011 hit Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was filmed in the Dubai desert and the Burj Khalifa.
The Halo jump was particularly difficult as the cinematographer had to jump with Cruise with a camera on his head, resulting in a high risk of collision.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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