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Tom Cruise Trained for ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ for a Year: 13,000 Motorbike Jumps, 500 Skydives

"We've been working on this for years," said Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise sealed his reputation for playing out his own dangerous stunt as Mission Impossible footage of him riding a motorbike off a treacherous cliff stunned movie theater bosses at their annual convention Thursday. Paramount used its slot on the final day of CinemaCon trade show in Las Vegas to present clips from its upcoming features Mission: Impossible 7 and Top Gun: Maverick, with the two films’ star Tom Cruise appearing remotely via video. “This is by a long shot the most dangerous thing we’ve at any point attempted,” said Tom Cruise, introducing the stunt.

“We’ve been working on this for years. We’re going to shoot it in Norway and it will be a motorcycle jump off a cliff into a base jump. I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little kid.”

Behind the scenes footage Tom Cruise getting ready by performing more than 500 skydives and 13,000 motocross jumps before traveling to an elaborate ramp constructed on a remote Norwegian cliff to shoot the stunt itself.

The film director, Christopher McQuarrie, apprehensively watched through his hands as Tom Cruise successfully opened his parachute and landed securely prior to announcing: “I think I can hold onto the bike a little longer.”

The 59-year-old Cruise, probably the Hollywood’s biggest stars for the past several decades, famously performs many of his own stunts, breaking his ankle during one hair-raising leap for the previous installment “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.”

He was also center stage in footage from the long-awaited sequel to 1986 smash hit Top Gun.

Attendees were shown the film’s initial 13 minutes, where Cruise’s Maverick tests out a futuristic and experimental supersonic jet in defiance of his US Navy admiral, who wants to shut down the secretive program and replace it with unmanned drones.

Another trailer for the film showed Cruise showing another age of military pilots.

The yearly CinemaCon career expo normally includes top Hollywood stars just as at no other time seen film, albeit A-listers avoided the current week’s occasion because of Covid-19 concerns.

Executives from studios and theater chains attempted to draw a line under a difficult year with an upbeat message about the future of the big screen, also drawing on pre-recorded video messages from their stars.

“Yes, we’ve all gone through a very strange, tough year,” said actor Matthew McConaughey, noting that “few businesses felt the pandemic hit as hard” as movie theaters.

“Sadly we did lose some of the theaters along the way, but most of you found ways to power through and are now back in business,” he told attendees during Universal Pictures’ presentation, which included his forthcoming musical sequel Sing 2.

General additionally disclosed film from the following year’s “Jurassic World: Dominion,” which sees stars of ongoing portions, for example, Chris Pratt collaborate with unique Jurassic Park graduated class Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Sam Neill to fight off the dinosaurs.

The studio showed off Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy Marry Me; the most recent heist thrill ride from Michael Bay, “Rescue vehicle;” and an alarming new blood and gore movie from Blumhouse featuring Ethan Hawke as a cruel performer, called The Black Phone.

Lionsgate wrapped up the four-day event Thursday, procuring one of the week’s most intense cheers for footage from “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” starring Nicolas Cage. Cage, a Hollywood A-lister with a fanatical following, plays a version of himself in the film who is shunned by the film industry and forced to make a paid appearance at an eccentric billionaire super fan’s birthday party.