Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One star Vanessa Kirby recently shared her experience of working with Tom Cruise and witnessing his fearless nature while filming the movie’s motorcycle jump. The upcoming installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise is known for delivering the biggest practical stunts cinema has to offer, with the teaser of the movie showcasing the same.
Kirby, who returns to the franchise as The White Widow, spoke with Variety about Cruise’s dedication to filming the teased motorcycle stunt. Footage of the stunt has seen Cruise riding a motorcycle off a large cliff with the safety of a parachute on his back. According to Kirby, she witnessed Cruise perform the motorcycle jump several times in a single day, with the actor showing no fear, as he was dedicated to getting the shot.
Cruise has become known for the stunts he personally performs in his own movies, putting even seasoned stunt performers to shame. In addition, Cruise has showcased his love of practical stunt work, with last year’s Top Gun: Maverick even putting actors in the cockpits of fighter jets to capture actual aerial footage. However, the Mission: Impossible movies have given Cruise his largest playground yet.
Cruise has incorporated risky stunts into every Mission: Impossible film, with his star power over the years allowing him to practically take on acrobatics that most others would accomplish via VFX. The franchise has seen him driving motorcycles, flying helicopters, holding his breath for six minutes underwater, hanging off the side of a plane as it takes off, and even performing a HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) jump. Still, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One already looks to be upping the ante, as evidenced by its trailer.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One has already teased several big stunts in the trailer, behind-the-scenes footage, and even the movie’s poster. Cruise’s motorcycle jump looks to be the most significant action set piece, but CinemaCon footage teased a 20-minute car chase, and there will be a fight on top of a train before it crashes. Cruise shows no signs of stopping, with Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two due out next year; the actor is also planning to shoot the first-ever movie in outer space. While Cruise has plenty more thrills coming, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is set to hit theaters in July.