Action Fans Celebrate the Anniversary of a Truly Iconic Moment
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Henry Cavill went missing in action at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, also disappointing hundreds of angry fans with unframed pictures Joker posters on their walls as well as thousands of Twitterbots paid for by someone who really wants to #RestoretheSnyderverse. This despite the fact that Warner Bros Discovery bosses have already said that the Snyderverse is over, movie audiences haven’t really enjoyed his tenure as Superman, and Cavill has also previously said that he doesn’t appear. because he was in another country working on a project that gave him COVID.
However, there was good news for those who had a parasocial relationship with the actor, as it’s apparently the fourth anniversary of when he did something slightly amusing in Mission: Impossible – Fall. In a film that thrilled audiences for Tom Cruise’s commitment to his stuntman, Henry Cavill also spent a split second doing something that looked like his fist possibly mimicking a shotgun reload.
That’s pretty much the whole story, unless you want to sit here and read a bunch of reactions to this tweet. So let’s talk about Tom Cruise’s insane stunts in this movie instead. As a reminder, let’s take a look at this sizzle reel Paramount put together of the five greatest stunts that Cruise has done himself, along with comments from costars like Isla Fisher and Simon Pegg:
Let’s talk about this HALO (High Altitude Low Open) jump stunt. Tom Cruise actually jumps out of a cruising plane at 25,000 feet and plummets until he opens his parachute at the very end. While the next featurette of the Mission: Impossible – Fall Blu Ray further explains the process of filming the stunt, basically Cruise had to film it three times. He was not to stay more than a meter away from the cameraman at all times. Incidentally, the cameraman basically had to take the leap all three times with Cruise while keeping the actor in focus at all times.
In the movie, Cruise wears a helmet and it’s not just for show. It was a special helmet, certified by the Royal Air Force, which supplied the actor with oxygen. Any head-on collision with other cast or crew and he would have been rendered unconscious. Any sparks from the equipment and it would have ignited.
In short, Tom Cruise is the biggest star in the world for a very good reason.