Tom Cruise Actually Drove His Bike Against Traffic In Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise is famous for wanting to perform as many stunts as possible on his own. So, here’s your chance to watch all the extremely dangerous scenes he actually starred in without relying on a stuntman in his new Mission: Impossible – Fallout movie.

“Fallout” is scheduled to hit theaters worldwide on July 27, starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, Alec Baldwin as Alan Hunley, Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust and Henry Cavill as August Walker, who reportedly steals the show, according to people who have already seen the movie before release.

Yet, the only actor who really put his life on the line here is Cruise, known for having performed multiple death-defying stunts, such as climbing the Burj Khalifa in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, or hanging onto the side of a plane as it was taking off in Rogue Nation.

For M:I – Fallout, Cruise reportedly performed five major stunts. He climbs a cable in mid-air during a helicopter scene, he performs a downward spiral in an actual helicopter, he jumps off the roof of a building (breaking his foot), performs a HALO (High Altitude – Low Opening) jump -the first actor to ever do so – and rides a motorbike against traffic around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

On that last one, while we can see him doing it, it’s possible the stunt team relied on some tricky camera work so as to make it look as dangerous as possible. They probably assigned him a clear corridor between incoming traffic (still quite dangerous), and then performed the slalom. So, if you think Trinity’s stunt in Matrix: Reloaded, when she was weaving through oncoming traffic on a Ducati during that famous highway chase scene, was a fabulous action scene, you’ll enjoy the way Cruise cuts a dash on his BMW.

Still, hanging out of that Airbus at an altitude of 1,500 feet on the previous M:I movie, even if he was tethered to the plane, probably is his riskier stunt ever.

  • b_digital

    Is this a paid Scientology ad?

    • Status

      Yep.

      Upon his death, Scientology will pay for the rights to the footage and use it endlessly promote themselves and their teachings. You can easily see the footage with a voice-over telling the prospective believer that “no other Hollywood actors ever did something this dangerous!”.

      Nevertheless, because he’s been irrevocably stained with his association to cult, any historic research of him and his activities will always be done through a lens knowing that Scientology will endlessly promote his life as a product of their religion rather than of his own talents.

      • Six_Tymes

        Yep, Nevertheless

  • Big Black Duck

    he is the Steve McQueen of our generation…

    • Six_Tymes

      spot on truth

    • Never gonna happened.

  • дапвт

    The guy scaled from Burj Khalifa and attached himself to a flying A440M Atlas. He is alright in my book. He is like a modern day Jackie Chan.

  • sidewaysspin

    Seems dumb, movies are all about faking reality in a convincing way not actually exposing yourself to the dangers you’re trying to portray.

    • Six_Tymes

      what a dumb thing to say, seriously.

  • LJ

    He may be slightly off, but the guy always delivers when it comes to blockbuster entertainment.

    • appleimmune

      Slightly off? That’s like saying China is only slightly Chinese..

  • This thing is still going on? Like they market the stunt more than an actual storyline.

  • Marty

    The main reason to not let your lead actor perform stunts is that any accidents will delay or wreck the production. It’s about the money, not about the actor.

    But since the Church of Scientology is one of the producers of the movie (via Tom Cruise), they might take that risk to get this excellent PR for their religion.

  • The problem when you’re a car guy… you notice cars. I work in Paris and remember well crossing path with the filming crew around Bercy and Palais-Royal… There is something strange, The Peugeot 406 left production 14 years ago. We barely see them on the road, even less in Paris. Yet in this short video, we can clearly see 4 times the same 406… and he crashes in one. I’m sure last year there wasn’t that many 406 in Paris. (I guess it’s cheap) Oh and the Boat… Zodiac SEAHAWK were sold with a windscreen ;-).

  • Vicu

    I vote Tom Cruise for next James Bond 007!

  • Vassilis

    Incredible professional.

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