Tom Cruise consistently has to outdo himself for the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Knife fight with the knife getting inches away, underwater vault that he has to hold his breath for 6 minutes, scaling Dubai, dangling off a plane at take off, he’s done them all. Too far is not in his vocabulary, and doing this HALO jump for the newest ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ might just take the cake.
So why is this so difficult? Tom Cruise tells us in the above interview. HALO stands for High Altitude Low Opening. It’s already very difficult, and you can’t just do it, you have to train. Only certain planes can do it, and they had to get the United Arab Emirates to let you borrow one of their special C-17 planes. Now you train during the day, and the plane can only do three of these a day. Then you don’t want to be too tired, which these things are exhausting.
If that’s not enough, let’s add to it. Exiting the aircraft at 200 mph is of course difficult. They want to do the scene at dusk, which leaves a 3-minute window to do the scene, jump out of the plane, and land. Mess up, and you can’t just reset and do it again. You have to wait, costing major money. Now let’s add on to that, the cameraman has to be 3 feet away from Cruise at all times.
Watch the above, and see what can happen when everyone works together, and why Tom Cruise loves doing this so much.
‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ releases July 27, 2018.