'Mission: Impossible' returns with new level of excitement
"Mission: Impossible - Fallout," the sixth installment of the action franchise, is stunning Chinese audiences with a cliffhanger and a series of daring stunts.
At the Chinese premiere of the film held at the iconic Imperial Ancestral Temple on Aug. 29 night, 56-year-old Tom Cruise confirmed the authenticity of almost all of his death-defying actions such as skydiving from 25,000 feet, flying a helicopter through mountains, jumping off buildings, car racing in Paris streets and more.
Tom Cruise speaks at the Chinese premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" held at the iconic Imperial Ancestral Temple in Beijing, Aug. 29, 2018. [Photo courtesy of Inentertainment]
According to Cruise, for this "incredibly dynamic film," he learnt to fly helicopters by getting a license in 12 days, and trained for a year and a half to fly helicopter aerobatics.
As the first actor to perform a HALO (high altitude-low opening) jump, Cruise said the stunt is dangerous and complex, noting that it took the crew a long time to figure out how to do it and design the bespoke equipment.
"Originally, it was designed to be six different shots, but we were able to get it down to three different shots, and it took over 106 jumps to get that shot," Cruise said.
The skydiving was just one challenge for the film project. The actor injured himself badly when jumping from one London rooftop to another when filming "Fallout" and broke two bones in his ankle, which cost him two months for rest and recovery.
A poster showing Tom Cruise performing the HALO (high altitude-low opening) jump in an action scene from "Mission: Impossible - Fallout." [Photo courtesy of Inentertainment]
His hard-work, devotion, stunts and work ethic demonstrated in the film once again astounded, excited and touched his fans in China, with some calling him "America's Jackie Chan," as Chan also performed many action stunts – injuring himself several times in the process.
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