Tom Cruise Did That Crazy Plane Stunt From ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Eight Times
People say Tom Cruise is crazy. But here’s what I love about Tom Cruise: he is crazy.
If you’ve seen the posters or trailers or the TV ads or basically any single piece of marketing for his new movie, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, then you have seen the crazy (beautiful, life-altering) stunt where Cruise’s secret agent Ethan Hunt hangs off the side of a cargo plane as it takes off. Obviously there were safety precautions and whatnot (like wires and harnesses that were later digitally erased from the image), but Cruise really did this; he actually hung off the side of a plane as it took off. Because Tom Cruise is completely crazy.
What you didn’t know even if you’d seen the stunt, is the detail revealed in this new featurette about the movie and that killer scene: that Tom Cruise didn’t do this plane-hang once. He didn’t do it twice. He didn’t even do it three times. He did it eight freaking times. Because Tom Cruise is completely, absolutely, totally bats--- crazy.
But that is what Mission: Impossible demands. “Impossible” is right there in the title. If this stuff was easy, it wouldn’t work. After rock climbing up some of the most extreme cliffs in America, and hanging off the side of the largest building in the world, Cruise needed to top himself somehow. I would say hanging off the side of a plane eight different times absolutely qualifies. And credit to Cruise for delivering the goods. Keep reaching for the stars Tom (and then hanging off of them for our amusement).
Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation opens in theaters on July 31.