Veteran actor Tom Cruise is noted for performing his own death-defying stunts, yet the Mission: Impossible star recently took the practice to new heights as he was spotted clinging to the side of an airplane, 5,000 feet above the British countryside.
The 52-year-old actor hung from the side of an Airbus A400M while filming a scene as Ethan Hunt for the upcoming fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, according to the Daily Mail. Cruise was secured by two safety harnesses, while he gripped the aircraft with both hands. A large camera was fitted to the plane’s wing in order to capture the action, as Cruise faced harrowing winds in a charcoal slim fit suit and brown brogues.
Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible stunt: He straps himself to a military plane as it takes off at 250mph pic.twitter.com/DqPE1xM2lE
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The stunt is just the latest for Cruise, who in 2011 dangled from the top of the 123-story Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building, while filming for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
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According to the Express, the film crew pleaded with Cruise not to perform the stunt himself. Cruise insisted, however, pointing out that he would be attached to the plane by a harness.
“It’s easily the most outrageous stunt Tom has ever done,” an on-set source said. “When it was all over, the crew were clapping and cheering!”
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Though plot details are still under wraps, Mission: Impossible 5 will see Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt. The film began production this summer, and aside from Cruise, is also set to star Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, and Paula Patton.
Tom Cruise strapped to the side of an @AirbusDS A400M during filming for Mission Impossible 5 pic.twitter.com/LbrIvVzCOD
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Last week, it was reported that Cruise listed his estate in Telluride for $59 million. As the Inquisitr previously noted, the giant price tag means that Cruise’s home is the biggest celebrity listing ever.
In December, Cruise appeared on the Graham Norton Show, opening up about the stunts he performs.
“People do say no, but as an actor you bring everything, physically and emotionally, to a character,” he said.
Fans will get a chance to see Tom Cruise’s latest stunt when Mission: Impossible 5 hits theaters on December 25th, 2015.
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