Tom Cruise has revealed that there was one stunt in The Mummy that was so extreme and dangerous that it didn’t just make him vomit, it also made most of the crew for the film throw up, too. Movie fans have already been given a sneaky peek at this moment from the film, too, as it features heavily in the trailer for the upcoming blockbuster.
The action sequence in question depicts Tom Cruise floating in zero gravity as the airplane that he is in spirals and plummets down to the ground. It turns out that Tom Cruise had to work rather hard to convince Universal Pictures to actually let him shoot this scene because it was so dangerous. But while those involved made sure that Tom Cruise and the rest of The Mummy team were out of harms way, they weren’t able to stop everyone from vomiting in between takes, as that was just part and parcel of shooting in these conditions. Especially when they had to shoot it 64 times in order to get it just right.
“I had to convince the studio to let me do it and Annabelle and I had to do the scene 64 times! It took us two days and the crew was flying around and vomiting in between takes. You couldn’t train for this. Normally stunts take months of prepping but we just did it. It was wild and I can’t believe the studio actually let me do it!”
Tom Cruise made this admission during his appearance on The Graham Norton Show, via the Express, as he sought to promote the upcoming blockbuster, which Universal Studios are hoping will kick start their Dark Universe franchise. Alongside Tom Cruise was his co-star Annabelle Wallis, who waxed lyrical about being given the opportunity to star alongside the Risky Business, Cocktail, Top Gun, and Edge Of Tomorrow star. She also insisted that she somehow managed not to vomit on her illustrious co-star during the filming of the above sequence.
“Can you imagine being cast with Tom Cruise? If you get any job you are excited but doing a stunt with him that he has never done before is just incredible. And, not vomiting on him!”
However, why did Tom Cruise decide to sign up for The Mummy? Well, it turns out that the 54-year-old actor is a huge fan of the 1930s incarnations of the character, which saw Boris Karloff portray the character in the 1932 film of the same name. In fact, Tom Cruise admitted that these films utterly petrified him when he was a child, to such an extent that he had to go and sleep on his sister’s floor.
“I loved all the old black and white original horror films… I was about six years old and saw all of them and was so terrified I had to sleep on the floor of my sister’s bedroom.”
Tom Cruise will be hoping that this incarnation of The Mummy will provoke the same reaction from other moviegoers. As well as starring Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis, The Mummy will see Sofia Boutella take the titular role, while the likes of Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Russell Crowe, who is playing Dr. Henry Jekyll, a character that’s likely to return throughout the impending Dark Universe franchise.
Of course, audiences have long become accustomed to watching Tom Cruise perform death-defying stunts on the big screen. In his most recent outing as Ethan Hunt, which was in 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise opened up the film by hanging onto the side of a plane that was taking off. We’ll get to see if The Mummy can match this set-piece when the film is finally released on June 9.
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