30 of the most dangerous movie stunts

Some survived these perilous stunts, while others didn’t make it alive

Tom Cruise’s helicopter stunt (Mission Impossible: Fallout, 2018)

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At one point during the climactic high-speed aerial chase between Tom Cruise’s superspy Ethan Hunt and Henry Cavill’s villainous August Walker in Mission Impossible: Fallout, Cruise himself is seen not only hanging from a helicopter but actually piloting it. To show that it was in fact, Cruise, and not a double or dummy in the pilot’s seat, special camera mounts were fixed to the helicopter for the crucial moment.

While it would have been much easier to shoot the stunt on a studio backlot against a green screen, Cruise himself wanted to do it for real. “Everyone always asks me if this is Tom Cruise just going mad and wanting to do all this stuff, but it’s really not that,” director Christopher McQuarrie told the Los Angeles Times in 2018. “He approaches everything in a calculating fashion. He would have been a great stunt man if he wasn’t a great actor.”