Tom Cruise makes 5-mile skydive in 'Mission: Impossible' stunt

Tom Cruise makes 5-mile skydive in ‘Mission: Impossible’ stunt

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Tom Cruise has jumped off buildings, slid off skyscrapers and clung onto the outside of a plane during take-off in his roles as action movie hero. Now he can stake a claim to being the first actor to perform a “HALO” skydive on camera: a “high altitude, low opening” jump, usually done only by highly-trained military professionals as a way of avoiding detection by the enemy. The 55-year-old filmed the stunt for “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”, the latest installment of the high-grossing action movies in which he plays agent Ethan Hunt.In a video released ahead of the movie’s release next month, Cruise leaps from the cargo door of a plane at 7,600 metres, which is almost five miles, opening the parachute less than 600 metres from the ground, according the film-makers. To prepare for the stunt, which carries a risk of decompression sickness, or “the bends”, during the 320 km per hour fall, Cruise trained in a custom-built wind machine and used a special helmet.
Cruise broke an ankle last year filming another stunt for “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”, when he jumped between two buildings and landed against a wall.

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