Tom Cruise jumped out of a plane 106 times at nearly 30,000 feet for the next 'Mission: Impossible' movie

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  • Tom Cruise detailed a “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” stunt at CinemaCon on Wednesday, in which he jumped out of a plane at nearly 30,000 feet 106 times.
  • He and director Christopher McQuarrie wanted to get three takes of the shot.
  • They only had a few minutes of light each day for the stunt before the sun set.

Actor Tom Cruise is known for doing his own dangerous stunts in movies, and he pulled off one of his most harrowing ones yet for the next “Mission: Impossible” movie – 106 times to be exact.

While discussing the sixth film in the franchise, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” at CinemaCon on Wednesday, Cruise detailed one of the film’s action sequences, in which Cruise’s Ethan Hunt jumps from a plane at nearly 30,000 feet to catch Henry Cavill’s free-falling character.

To get the three shots that he and director Christopher McQuarrie (who returns after directing “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation”) wanted, Cruise jumped out of a C-17 plane 106 times.

To capture the stunt, a skydiver with a camera on his head fell backward out of the plane to get the shot of Cruise falling. According to a post on McQuarrie’s Instagram, they only had about three minutes of available light each day for the takes before the sun set.

“It’s about what we can do that’s physically possible without killing Tom,” McQuarrie told the crowd at CinemaCon.

This is far from the first time that Cruise has gone all-out for a stunt.

During another stunt for “Fallout,” the actor reportedly injured himself while jumping from one building to another; for the last film, “Rogue Nation,” he hung onto the side of an Airbus as it took off; and in the fourth instalment, “Ghost Protocol,” he climbed the tallest building in the world, the Burg Khalifa in Dubai.

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” comes to theatres July 27.

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