106 skydives with a broken ankle: Inside how Tom Cruise pulled off the thrilling HALO jump in 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout'
Tom Cruise does a lot of amazing stunts in "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," but the one that took the most work to pull off was the HALO jump over Paris in the beginning of the movie.
To get into Paris undetected, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and CIA tagalong August Walker (Henry Cavill) decide to do a HALO jump - High Altitude-Low Opening skydive, in which you open your parachute at a low altitude after free-falling for a period of time - at dusk out of a giant C-17 plane. But things get dangerous when Walker insists on jumping out of the plane, even though there's a lightning storm brewing below them. Walker is so determined, he disconnects Hunt's oxygen line to his mask and jumps. Hunt scrambles to reattach his line and jumps after Walker.
Before the audience knows it, they're free-falling with Hunt. The camera follows as Hunt catches up to Walker just before lightning strikes them both.
If you have seen any movie in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, this next fact won't surprise you: Tom Cruise did the entire HALO sequence without a stuntman. But pulling off the sequence - which included 106 total jumps to get three scenes, and was all done after Cruise suffered a broken ankle earlier in production - was as epic as what is on the screen.
Business Insider spoke to the key members of the HALO jump sequence, including director Christopher McQuarrie, to break down its year-long planning and execution.
Finding a unique way to get into Paris.
Creating a helmet so we could see Tom Cruise’s face.
Building the largest wind tunnel in the world.
Tom Cruise flew a helicopter to his skydive training.
Why Tom Cruise’s broken ankle was a good thing.
The quick decision that saved the HALO sequence.
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