Inside Tom Cruise's Death-Defying 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Helicopter Stunt

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Tom Cruise will do almost anything to get a movie shot just right -- even if it means risking his own life.

In a video released on Wednesday, the 55-year-old actor and his Mission: Impossible - Fallout director, Christopher McQuarrie, take fans behind-the-scenes of Cruise's amazing helicopter stunt in the highly anticipated action film. Cruise had to learn how to fly a helicopter and also operate the camera during the scene, in addition to playing agent Ethan Hunt the whole time.

"None of this has ever been attempted before," McQuarrie says of the intense sequence.

Cruise also had to take the helicopter on a downward spiral during the scene, making the filming even more terrifying.

"Most pilots wouldn't attempt this," stunt coordinator Wade Easton notes.

Thankfully, the hard work paid off, and Cruise couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.

"I’ve always wanted to do a sequence like this," he wrote on Instagram alongside a clip of the stunt.

But filming on Mission: Impossible - Fallout hasn't all gone so smoothly. Last August, Cruise broke his ankle during a chase scene with Henry Cavill, forcing shooting to go on hiatus.

"I was chasing Henry and was meant to hit the side of the wall and pull myself over but the mistake was my foot hitting the wall," he recalled during his appearance on The Graham Norton Show last month. "I knew instantly my ankle was broken and I really didn’t want to do it again so just got up and carried on with the take. I said, ‘It’s broken. That’s a wrap. Take me to hospital.'" 

Still, Cruise remains dedicated as ever.

"It’s still broken but I’m doing well," he shared. "It’s not fully healed but we are shooting and we have a release date so I just have to keep going. I spent eight to 10 hours a day, seven days a week in rehab because we still have some major stunts to do."

Mission: Impossible - Fallout hits theaters on July 27.


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