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Tom Cruise Rides His Bike Over a Mountain Cliff, While Chased by Helicopter

Another day, another Tom Cruise stunt. At this rate, before the seventh installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise arrives in theaters, fans will have seen most of the action.
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Not that we’re complaining, because this is insanity of the best kind. Not long ago, while still back in the UK shooting for MI7, leading man Tom Cruise was seen doing a stunt billed the most elaborate and expensive ever done in the country, involving riding a dirtbike across a platform and launching off a ramp 500 feet (152 meters) into the air.

If you think that stunt was impressive (and it was), wait until you see what Tom has been doing in Norway. Apparently, the man is a fan of outdoing himself, because he just shot a similar stunt with an added level of danger: this time, he drove the bike across the platform and then over a mountain cliff. Once he and the bike launched into the air, the bike smashed against the rocks, while Cruise safely made his way down by parachute. And he did this while being trailed or maybe even chased by a helicopter.

Footage of the stunt has emerged on Twitter and it’s keeping Cruise fans up and talking about how amazing this near-sexagenarian is. It’s pretty impressive stuff, to be sure. Reports online note that Cruise did three takes of the scene before the cameras started rolling and that the picturesque scene was the top of the mountain Helsetkopen, near Hellesylt.

As we reported last week, Cruise and the MI7 crew are expected to shoot several important scenes in Norway. Between production breaks, they’re chilling on one of the Hurtigruten old cruise ships, which Cruise himself reportedly rented out so as to create a “bubble” for the team.

As the big star of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Cruise is personally invested in seeing production on no. 7 wrap without further delay. Word has it this includes paying £500,000 (approx. $658,000) out of pocket to make sure it happens.



 
 
 
 
 

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