Tom Cruise learns to fly a WWII fighter jet dubbed The Widowmaker for dog fight scenes in new movie
DAREDEVIL actor Tom Cruise learns to fly a WWII military plane for stunt scenes in the next installment of his hit series Mission: Impossible.
I can reveal that the intrepid star, who rose to fame as the Maverick fighter jet pilot in Top Gun, got acquainted with a 1943 Boeing Stearman Model 75.
He was spotted on the trainer plane – which had two cinema platforms on its wings – at Duxford Airfield in Cambridge.
The plane is to be filmed in a chase with another warplane.
A source told me, âTom had started learning to fly a Boeing Stearman biplane earlier this year for a major stunt scene in Mission: Impossible 8.
âIt’s obviously a highly skilled task, but as usual, he’s not planning on cutting corners or bringing in a stuntman.
âThe filming of Mission: Impossible 7 just wrapped up, but Tom didn’t give himself a break.
“And trying to shoot breathtaking scenes with an 80-year-old plane is especially dangerous.”
Throughout his career, Tom became known for his dangerous stunts.
For the Mission: Impossible movies, he’s already scaled Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and suspended a cargo plane during take-off, to name just two.
Last month, Tom and his crew celebrated the end of filming on Mission: Impossible 7.
Due to the pandemic, the filming was fraught with pitfalls, including multiple Covid epidemics on set, causing production to stop for weeks.
While I have a soft spot for a Mission: Impossible movie, I’m also more than happy to leave the stunts to Tom.
HELLO, I’m Tom. As you can see, for me nothing is impossible.
MY LIST OF SKILLS:
- Trained as a bartender and juggles bottles to order thanks to Cocktail.
- Flying helicopters and planes is easy. I can also jump out of them.
- Can perform elaborate stunts on a motorcycle.
- Singing is easy for me – I never had a lesson but I crushed Rock Of Ages.
- I was trained as an astronaut to perform a weightless stunt – and it only took 64 takes to pull it off.
- I’m great at accents – despite what they said about my Irish in Far And Away.
- I’m good at sword strikes after playing The Last Samurai.
- I can hold my breath underwater for six minutes and I am also an excellent climber – climbing the tallest building in the world in Dubai.
- Last but not least, I’m happy to take the chance and do some explicit sex scenes on camera – just ask my Eyes Wide Shut co-star Nicole Kidman.
Mel makes her Brit
MELANIE C was flying high when she dressed up as Britney Spears’ flight attendant from the 2003 hit Toxic.
The Spice Girl wore a version of the outfit from the American singer’s video as she performed a tango on the track Dancing With The Stars – the American version of Strictly.
Sporty and partner Gleb Savchenko impressed the judges and scored 22 of 30, with Mel then saying in a conversation that she identified with Britney.
The fast-paced routine was just one of many performed in honor of Britney that night. All the contestants dressed like her and danced to her songs.
It happened the same night, Britney thanked fans for helping her fight her tutelage. His father Jamie was taken off last week, taking control of his life away from him.
Britney wrote on Instagram: âThe #FreeBritney movement. . . I have no words. Thanks to you guys and your constant resistance to freeing me from my tutelage, my life is now in this direction.
âI cried last night for two hours because my fans are the best and I know it.
“I feel your heart and you feel mine.”
Steps: cool cats owe us
STEPS will win the Icon gong at tonight’s Attitude Awards – and aims to pack a first Brit since 2000.
The group, who will also perform at the event at the Roundhouse in London tonight, will mark 25 years together in 2022 and believe it was their record sales that have helped fund many industry darlings over the years.
Now, they say it’s time for their legacy to be celebrated elsewhere, although they admit they were never âcoolâ.
In an exclusive conversation Ian ‘H’ Watkins said: âThese are all such cool cats involved with the British.
âBut what people don’t realize is that all these cheesy, throwaway pop groups that people criticize, they’re funding all the record companies to introduce the world to ‘cool’ artists and independent artists.
âIt’s thanks to us pop guys that independent artists have a voice and music.
Of the Brits in February, Claire Richards said: âMaybe they’ll give us some sort of icon award next year.
” It would be good. “
Justin launches a joint venture
JUSTIN BIEBER launches his own line of cannabis joints.
The singer will charge Â£ 23.50 for packs of seven pre-rolled cigarettes named Peaches, after the title of his No.2 hit in which he sings about drugs.
He’s partnered with a company called Palms for the product, which will only be available in California, as cannabis is legal there but not in the UK.
The former stripped-down star now says he hopes the launch will help young people – as he’s convinced it has done wonders for his mental health.
Justin said, âI’m a fan of Palms and what they do in making cannabis accessible and helping to de-stigmatize it, especially for the many people who find it useful for their mental health.
“I wanted to make sure I was doing something with them that felt genuine, and Peaches felt like a good place to start.”
Justin donates a portion of the proceeds to a series of good causes in the United States.
He added, âWeed was something that I felt that people were trying to make me feel bad about enjoying. But I have now found a place in my life for cannabis products which have been beneficial in my human experience.
James’ breaking factor
JAMES Arthur described his decision to go on The X Factor as âdesperateâ.
Recalling why he chose to audition for Simon Cowell’s huge talent show in 2012, he said: âI thought I was Liam Gallagher, I thought I was Pete Doherty, I thought I was the leader and I was going to do it that way.
âI was going to be that Kurt Cobain type figure. So the fact that I ended up going the X Factor route shows how desperate I am.
âIn the end, I had no money. I don’t come from nothing.
âIf you look at the industry today, most of them are children of trust funds. “
On the Tony Bellew Is Angry podcast, James also admitted that he felt he had to work harder than other artists to be played.
He added, âI always feel like I have to work twice as hard as everyone else to fit into this playlist.
âThis is one of the reasons I have already thought about moving away from this industry.
“If I didn’t have 30 million monthly Spotify listeners, I’d be like, maybe I’ve hit my peak, but the numbers are there.”
Kylie in the mix
KYLIE Minogue takes on Little Mix again.
A year after their last battle on the charts, she released an updated version of her No1 Disco album.
This time it features collaborations with Years & Years, Jessie Ware and Gloria Gaynor.
Disco: Guest List Edition will be released on November 12 – the same day as Little Mix Between Us’s biggest collection of hits.
Kylie beat Little Mix in No. 1 in November of last year when Disco triumphed on girl group Confetti’s sixth album.
The first single is with Olly Alexander of Years & Years titled A Second To Midnight. He’s coming out today.