At this point, we have all accepted that Tom Cruise is going to die, like, leaping from the International Space Station for Mission: Impossible 12, but until that sad day arrives we can appreciate whatever alien magic is keeping the actor alive and marvel at the—in the words of our own Steve “Frosty” Weintraub—”insane action” of Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Paramount has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette highlighting the stunt work Cruise put in for the new film. Surprise, it’s absolutely bananas.
The highlight is probably the look at the “Long Line,” a sequence that required the 56-year-old to scale a rope between a moving helicopter, only to free-fall back down again. It’s a bonkers visual, contrasted by the crew’s casual acceptance that they just watched their co-star plummet to his death. “We heard on the radio, ‘I think we just lost Tom,'” says writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, which, you know, yikes.
Check out the featurette below. Mission: Impossible – Fallout—which also stars Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Simon Pegg—hits theaters July 27.
Here’s the official synopsis for Mission: Impossible – Fallout:
The best intentions often come back to haunt you. “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT” finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise – “Top Gun,” “American Made,” “The Mummy”) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin – “Saturday Night Live,” “The Boss Baby,” “Beetlejuice,” Simon Pegg – “Star Trek,” “Ready Player One,” Ving Rhames – “Pulp Fiction,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson – “The Greatest Showman,” ”The Girl on the Train,” Michelle Monaghan – “The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Heartbreak Kid”) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill (“Justice League,” “Man of Steel”), Angela Bassett (“Black Panther,” “American Horror Story”), and Vanessa Kirby (“Me Before You,” “The Crown”) also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie (“Jack Reacher”) returning to the helm.