Behind-The-Scenes: See How Tom Cruise Pulled Off Insane ‘Mission Impossible 6’ Helicopter Stunt

During Super Bowl 52 we got the first trailer for Mission Impossible – Fallout and it looked tremendous. We’ve already seen one of the many stunts that Tom Cruise attempted to pull off where he attempted to jump from building to building but fell short and broke his ankle. In Mission Impossible 5, Cruise attempted an insane stunt while dangling from a Airbus A400M at 5,000-feet in the air. Now we get a behind-the-scenes video of how Cruise was able to successfully accomplish a crazy helicopter stunt for Mission Impossible 6.

In Tom Cruise’s latest movie stunt, the 55-year-old actor actually performed a dangerous maneuver that would be daunting for a professional helicopter pilot let alone an actor with little flying experience. Instead of taking the easy way out and having the scene created with a green screen and CGI, Cruise wanted to perform the stunt himself. Cruise is not a pilot, so in order to accomplish this stunt, Cruise would have to spend hundreds of hours training to be a very capable helicopter pilot.

Cruise didn’t just pilot the helicopter, but did so within feet of another chopper and extremely close to the sides of mountains. Cruise pulls off an insane 360-degree downward spiral that shot the copter towards the ground. Not only is Cruise acting, but he is also piloting the copter during an intense stunt, but is also the camera operator. All at the same time. Impressive.

Here is the synopsis for Mission: Impossible – Fallout:

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout flies into theaters on July 27.