Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One' Soars Towards Best $90 Million Franchise Opening

‘Mission: Impossible 7’ director says he filmed Tom Cruise flying at speed to the left in ‘Absolute Terror’

Tom Cruise and the Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, first part The crew is detailing what went down while filming the epic fast-flying scene for the upcoming film.

The actor, known for going above and beyond with his stunts, learned how to do what director Christopher McQuarrie called “one of the most dangerous sports in the world” for the latest installment in the action franchise.

In a recent video offering a behind-the-scenes look at the film, the director explained that because “there are no limits” with Cruise, “we get a little more adventurous every time.” And this time, the actor has decided to play a “sport that very few people on this planet do.”

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McQuarrie went on to explain that “while it may look similar, fast flying is not skydiving. Skydiving is pretty predictable. Fast flying is incredibly unpredictable.

The aerial sport, similar to paragliding, combines elements of parachute jumping to allow people to fly at high speeds down mountainsides while keeping close to the slope.

In the footage, Cruise said of the stunt, “We’re going to spiral and land at an incredibly high speed, over 80 kilometers per hour.”

McQuarrie added that although it “looks pretty cool” when it’s “flying really close to rocks,” the crew were in “absolute terror” behind the cameras. Especially since they had to overcome several technical challenges, including devising the stunt and finding the most dynamic way to shoot it.

The director called the whole experience a “one of a kind adventure”.

Pulling death-defying stunts is nothing new to Cruise. Throughout his decade-long career, the actor has continued to look for ways to push the limits of projects, from climbing a skyscraper to dangling from the outside of an airplane. In his next film, he also rode a motorcycle off a cliff and parachuted to safety on the first day of shooting.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, first part will be released in theaters on July 12.