10 Movie Scenes That Took The Most Amount Of Takes Ever

5. Tom Cruise Performs A HALO Jump...106 Times - Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Mission Impossible Fallout Tom Cruise
Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise's commitment to performing his own stunts in the Mission: Impossible franchise makes walking through a door 95 times for Stanley Kubrick seem positively sane.

In the spy franchise's more recent entries, Cruise has endeavoured to continually one-up the death-defying stunts he's carried out himself, be it hanging off the statuesque Burj Khalifa, clinging to the side of a cargo plane as it takes flight, or even flying a freaking chopper for real.

But Cruise's dedication is perhaps evidenced no better than in the most recent Mission: Impossible film, Fallout, where his protagonist Ethan Hunt performs a botched HALO jump out of a plane.

While 99.9% of actors - pretty much anyone not called Tom Cruise, basically - would simply perform the scene in front of a green screen a few times and leave the heavy lifting to stunt-persons and VFX artists, Cruise insisted upon carrying out the stunt for real himself.

Cruise ended up performing a HALO jump from 25,000 feet a staggering 106 times in order to achieve three usable takes, and due to the desire to shoot the scene at dusk, director Christopher McQuarrie had just three minutes of available light each day to shoot the sequence.

At least in this case the actor is very clearly volunteering to put themselves through the wringer over and over again, though ironically, the scene in the final film is so utterly outlandish, and clearly touched-up with CGI, that many might assume it was all green-screened anyway.


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