12:58pm PT by Aaron Couch
How Tom Cruise Pulled Off 'Mission: Impossible' Motorcycle Chase
The hype behind Tom Cruise and his Mission: Impossible — Fallout stunts began months before the release of the film.
Much attention was paid to that high-altitude-low-opening jump, one of the most ambitious stunts in the franchise's history. But with the home entertainment release of the latest Mission: Impossible film, even more is being revealed about the lengths the star went to in order to give Ethan Hunt and the film a feeling of green-screen-free authenticity that is rare in big-budget filmmaking today.
In a behind-the-scenes featurette, which Heat Vision got an early peek at, Cruise and his team look at the motorcycle chase through the streets of Paris. It's one of the more harrowing segments shot for the film, particularly because Cruise did it all without a helmet — and Paris is known for its cobblestone streets, which make riding all the more challenging.
Graham Kelly, action vehicle supervisor, admits seeing Cruise on the bike worried him.
"Every time he gets on it, it scares the life out of me," Kelly says in the featurette. "He's a great rider. Although I stand there and I'm terrified sometimes, he's got lots of control and he's used to bikes this big, so he's good."
As for Cruise, he notes: "I spent a lot of time training on the motorcycles. They are very challenging."
Mission: Impossible — Fallout hits digital Tuesday, and is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 4.