Tom Cruise celebrates ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ by — what else — jumping out of a plane – National

Tom Cruise thanked fans Top Gun: Maverick in Cruise’s best possible way: a death-defying stunt.

In a new video posted to Paramount Pictures’ YouTube channel on Monday, Cruise, seen hovering over the plane, thanked everyone for coming to the cinema.

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“Hello everyone,” Cruise began, wearing goggles and earplugs. “Here we are in the beautiful South Africa where we are filming Mission: Impossible – Dead ReckoningParts 1 and 2.”

“I don’t want a year to end without thanking you all for coming to theaters and thanking you for your support Top Gun: Maverick,” Cruise, 60, said.

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When the camera pans to Cruise’s right, it shows Christopher McQuarrie, director and screenwriter of Mission: Impossible – Dead ReckoningAlso in the plane.

McQuarrie playfully encouraged Cruise to complete his stunt and said, “We really have to roll, we have to do the shot.”

When Cruise asked if McQuarrie would skydive with him, the director replied, “Not in my life. Good luck.”

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With a single punch to McQuarrie, Cruise – known for performing his own movie stunts – jumped out of the plane and began freefall.

“Thanks for your support Top Gun: MaverickAnd as always, thank you for allowing us to entertain you. It’s truly the honor of a lifetime,” Cruise said as he returned to Earth.

After a few seconds, Cruise said he was “running out of altitude” and wished viewers “a safe and happy holiday.”

“See you at the cinema!” Cruise smiled before greeting and turning away from the camera toward the clear blue water below.

In August, Top Gun: Maverick It became the sixth highest-grossing film of all time at the US box office. CNBC claims the film has earned US$685.1 million in the US and US$1.4 billion globally. This is Cruise’s first billion-dollar film.

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Also on Monday, Cruise appeared in another video on Paramount Pictures’ YouTube channel. In the video titled “The Deadliest Stunt in Movie History,” Cruise rides a motorcycle off a cliff and performs a kickstand.

Cruise said stuntman, which Mission Impossible the franchise has been running for years, is something he’s wanted to do “since I was a kid.”

A 9+ minute video outlining all the technical training and research required for a stunt will be viewed in season seven Mission Impossible installment.

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Cruise said the biggest challenges in a major stunt like this are “finding the camera, the amount of preparation and the weather.”

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Using a drone equipped with a camera lens, the team successfully captured Cruise performing the stunt six times.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One will hit theaters in July 2023.

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