Tom Cruise just pulled off his most dangerous stunt yet: riding a motorcycle off a cliff and base jumping

Tom Cruise has performed another daring stunt for the “Mission: Impossible” movie series.

He called this the most dangerous thing he has ever attempted. The stunt, shot in Norway, required Cruise to ride a motorcycle off a cliff and do a base jump — something he said he’s wanted to do since he was a kid.

Cruise, 60, is currently working on the two-part movie “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning.” He is known for performing his own stunts, but it took years to plan them, he said in a video shared on Twitter.

In the video, writer and director Christopher McQuarrie said Cruise created a “master plan” using experts to pull off the stunt.

He took a year of skydiving, during which he did 30 jumps a day — more than 500 skydives, said Wade Eastwood, the film’s stunt coordinator. He also took motocross training and completed over 13,000 motocross jumps. Once he mastered those skills, the production team created 3D models to try and predict how Cruise would fly through the air during the stunt so they could film it.

Then it came time for Cruise to perform the stunt – riding a motorcycle up a long ramp, which led to a cliff, jumping off it and jumping to the bottom. Cruise first jumped over the cliff from a helicopter for practice before attempting the full stunt in front of the cameras.

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The stunt required Cruise to ride a motorcycle up a long ramp leading to a cliff, launch off it and do a base jump to the bottom. He did it six times in one day.

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“The only things to avoid doing a stunt like this are serious injury or death,” said base jumping coach Miles Daisher. “You’re riding a motorcycle, which is pretty dangerous, on top of a ramp that’s off the ground, so if you fall off the ramp, it’s pretty bad. You fall, so if you don’t get a clean one. When you get off the bike, hit entangle you with it, or if you don’t open your parachute, you won’t make it.”

The behind-the-scenes video shows Cruise performing the stunt not just once, but six times in one day.

“Pretty much the greatest stunt in movie history,” said base jumping coach John DeVore. Viewers will be able to see the final product when part one of the film premieres in July 2023. The “Mission: Impossible” series is from Paramount Pictures (a division of ViacomCBS).

Cruise has performed countless hair-raising stunts, including jumping off a scaffold while filming “Mission: Impossible 6” in 2017 – a stunt that left him injured and limping.

Cruise has been in Europe for several years to film the seventh and eighth “Mission: Impossible” movies. The seventh film was set to premiere in November 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic halted production and was pushed back to May 27, 2022, according to Variety. The date was pushed back several times after that, and the film will now premiere next year.

During filming in the UK last year, Cruise, traveling by helicopter, needed a place to land, reports BBC News. He eventually ended up in a family’s backyard, and then take their kids for a ride in the helicopter, grab headlines.

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