Why do the stunts look real? Because they are real.
When Tom Cruise woke up on November 1, 2014, he could now say he’s hung off of the side of a plane, along with climbing the world’s tallest building and getting seemingly impossible shots to entertain audiences seeing his films. On October 31, 2014, Tom and crew spent the day working on what is already one of the signature moments for the July 31st Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation; hanging off the side of an Airbus A400M in the skies of the U.K.!
The sequence, revealed earlier this week to be partially inspired by the plane chase sequence in the highly acclaimed Sony PlayStation 3 series, Uncharted (Drake’s Deception, to be specific) was “the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done, to be honest” Cruise said in a March ’15 interview with Yahoo. You could read the whole piece here. Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie go on about the danger of the actual stunt. In order to protect the star from any possible harm while performing the impossible stunt, a particular lens was created to cover his retina and pupils from jet fuel and fumes. We catch a glimpse of this in the stunt featurette that Paramount released this past Monday. We also learn that Cruise performed the sequence a total of 8 times in order to get the shot just right. From the glimpses of the sequence we’ve seen in the trailers and t.v. spots, the Airbus A400M sequence does, in fact, look spectacular and there is just something about seeing Cruise as Ethan Hunt hanging off the side as it lifts higher and higher off the ground. Keep in mind that Cruise is 5,000 feet off the ground in Rogue Nation.
The amount of work and time, Cruise and company put into the Mission films is nothing short of spectacular. The fact that these films, along with Cruise’s other pictures, always feature him performing the actual stunts is all the more reason to catch them in the theater.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is directed by Christopher McQuarrie (The Way of the Gun, Jack Reacher) and opens everywhere July 31, 2015. Tickets could be purchased here.