Cruise in a scene from "Mission: Impossible - Fallout."
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LOS ANGELES: The "Mission: Impossible" movie franchise has become synonymous with daring stunts where lead actor Tom Cruise climbs the highest building in the world or hangs off the side of a speeding plane. "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" sees Cruise become the first actor on camera to perform a HALO (high altitude, low opening) skydive from over 7,600 meters. Reuters spoke with stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood – a veteran of the James Bond and Jack Reacher franchises – about how stunts are devised and what drives Cruise, 56, to perform them himself. Eastwood described a mountaineering sequence in Norway as "pretty hairy" and a big car and motorcycle chase in Paris. He said Cruise ever never turned down a stunt because it's too dangerous. Eastwood said it's relatively rare for actors to insist on doing many of their own stunts.
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