Even in Mission Impossible, Tom Cruise was a top gunman.
The movie star stunned fans by promoting the latest film in the spy-thriller series on social media, where he maneuvered through the air while standing on a biplane, calmly asking viewers to watch the movie.
“I’m sorry for all the extra noise,” Cruise said in a clip posted online over the weekend, crouching on the plane’s fuselage thousands of feet above.
“As you can see, we are filming the latest issue of Mission: Impossible.”
The 59-year-old’s leather jacket can be seen fluttering in the wind, while the camera – ostensibly from another nearby aircraft – zooms in to reveal the Blyde River Gorge in South Africa below.
When another yellow biplane pulled up, director Christopher McQuarrie’s voice came, telling Cruise they had to go back to shoot.
“We’re losing light and running out of fuel,” McQuarrie said.
“We’ll see you in the movie,” Cruise said to the camera with a salute and a smile, the star still standing behind the wing as the plane rolled off screen in tandem.
The star has a long and storied history of performing his own stunts – especially in the “Mission Impossible” series, where the high-defying acrobatics have become the actor’s calling card.
During a masterclass at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, Cruise made a comeback for those who questioned his willingness to risk their lives with stunts.
“Nobody asked Gene Kelly, ‘Why are you dancing?’” he said. According to Variety.
“I always thought I could do something, and I wanted to push the art form,” he continued. “I thought, ‘How can I immerse the audience in a movie with this kind of action? How can I entertain them? What can I do?’ ”