Watch: New Mission Impossible: Fallout stunt scenes includes Abu Dhabi parachute jump
A new 30-minute video of Tom Cruise performing stunts for the latest Mission Impossible film has been posted online. It includes behind-the-scenes footage of him jumping out of a military aircraft above the desert in Abu Dhabi and freefalling for almost 25,000 feet.
The footage has been posted to the Flix and the City YouTube channel, though its exact source isn’t clear. However it does give a detailed insider’s perspective on various helicopter, car and motorbike stunt scenes from locations around the world including a motorbike chase in Paris.
It has been reported that the High Altitude, Low Opening (HALO) jump in Abu Dhabi required Cruise to jump from a cargo plane at an altitude of 7,600 metres, releasing the parachute at just 600m above ground. According to a report in The National, more than 100 jumps were required to get the final shot.
Cruise famously performs all of his own stunts and broke his ankle filming the latest instalment of the MI franchise. Director Chris McQuarrie last week explained to the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas: “How much is physically possible without killing Tom?”
Castmate Simon Pegg added. “The difference between you seeing these stunts and us seeing them is that you know that Tom lived.”
Mission Impossible: Fallout opens in UAE cinemas on Thursday, July 26