Tom Cruise Performs Another Dangerous Plane Stunt in American Made
Tom Cruise is back in the air for another dangerous plane stunt in the upcoming true-life crime thriller American Made. Cruise has proven over and over again that he’s an adrenaline junkie when it comes to his action adventure roles. The interesting thing is, the older Cruise gets the more daring he gets, as he gone from hanging off a skyscraper in Dubai in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol to clutching onto the side of a airbound cargo plane in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
This year, Cruise, who just turned 55 on July 3, subjected himself to 64 takes in a fixed-wing plunging aircraft (aka, “the vomit comet”) to film the stunning zero gravity plane crash scene in The Mummy; and apparently another deadly plane stunt is on the way in American Made. Due in theatersSeptember 29, the film stars Cruise as Barry Seal, a real-life TWA pilot-turned-CIA gunrunner-turned-drug smuggler for notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the 198os.
In an interview with Yahoo! Movies UK, American Made director and frequent Cruise collaborator Doug Liman says the actor not only piloted the plane for his scenes in the air, he went as far to abandon the controls to perform other harrowing duties required of him in the story. Liman says filming the scene was “pretty hair-raising,” adding:
“Flying extremely fast, small airplanes, low to the ground, is a dangerous environment to be in just on its own. Then, in the story, he’s throwing bales of cocaine out of the airplane, loading them up with guns, so every once in a while in this scene he’s got to climb out of the cockpit and go to the back of the airplane to dump the cocaine out … “I’m flying alongside him in a helicopter filming, and that made a big impression on me – there’s nobody in the cockpit of the plane! Tom has gone to the back of the aircraft, and he’s alone in that airplane. It’s one thing to have Tom Cruise alone in the airplane flying it – that’s already outrageous – now he’s alone and he’s not even in the cockpit so he’s gone beyond. It was already a stunt before he left the cockpit, it was already a serious stunt.”