Tom Cruise performs first ever Halo jump stunt in Abu Dhabi

Mission Impossible – Fallout

Mission Impossible – Fallout Paramount

Paramount Pictures has released a behind-the-scenes featurette for the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Fallout showing all of the prep that it took to prepare for the film's HALO jump stunt as star Tom Cruise plummets to the earth from a plane over 25,000 feet in the air.

We caught our first glimpse at this absolutely bonkers aerial stunt during the last Super Bowl, and were treated to a bit more when the trailer dropped last month.

"Fallout" is the sixth entry in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, and like 2015's "Rogue Nation" it was directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Not only that, but it appears Cruise is actually pioneering this ultra-niche act when it comes to presenting it on the silver screen as an actor.

With every new glimpse we get at Mission: Impossible - Fallout, it looks like Tom Cruise is doing more stunts than he's ever done in a single adventure as agent Ethan Hunt.

Cruise had to jump out of a plane at 7,600 metres over the Abu Dhabi desert and wait until he was below 600m to pull his parachute for the stunt. With every passing film, the stunts seem to get more death-defying and this time it's no different.

"You start losing your mind, but you don't really realize it", explained chief instructor Ray Armstrong.

However, it was a nighttime sequence, meaning that the film's crew only had three minutes of light each day as the sun set to capture the shots needed.

The lengths Tom Cruise will go for our entertainment is insane.

'The audience can tell when something's being cheated, so it's important to do it all for real, ' says stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood.

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