Tom Cruise, 57, takes to the skies as he learns to paraglide in the French Alps for new film role… after breaking an ankle performing his own stunts in Mission: Impossible sequel
He’s famed for carrying out his own stunts, and Tom Cruise was hard at work learning a brand new skill as he prepared for a forthcoming film role on Thursday.
The Hollywood actor was in the French Alps, where he was taught how to paraglide under the watchful eye of an instructor.
Sporting a safety helmet and sunglasses, Cruise, 57, was guided through take-offs and landings as he sat in a safety harness beneath the enormous, wing shaped sail.
New skill: Tom Cruise was taught how to paraglide under the watchful eye of an instructor in the French Alps on Thursday
The actor was believed to be taking tuition ahead of his involvement in a new film, and his decision to train in the French Alps suggests the area may well play a part in his latest blockbuster.
Accompanied by small crew, Cruise looked completely focused on the task at hand as he worked on his posture and balance while hovering several feet above the ground.
The actor was also seen attempting to seamlessly land without losing his footing on the uneven ground as his team looked on from the sidelines.
Hard at work: Sporting a safety helmet and sunglasses, Cruise, 57, was guided through take-offs and landings as he sat in a safety harness beneath the enormous, wing shaped sail
Absolute pro: The actor, who is famed for performing his own stunts, looked completely focused on the task at hand
Paragliding involves navigating a large fabric canopy, traditionally made from non-porous polyester or nylon, while suspended below in a buckled harness.
Without the use of an engine, paragliders can often cover hundreds of kilometres while gliding at altitudes of up to 24,000 ft.
While Cruise didn’t quite reach those heights, he appeared to e comfortable in the harness while working on his movement both in the air and on the ground.
On a wing and a prayer: Cruise ran again the wind with his large pink sail billowing behind him
Here we go: Cruise appeared to be working on his landing skills, and his ability to control the enormous wing as it hovered above his harness
The great outdoors: The actor’s decision to train in the French Alps suggests the area may well play a part in his latest blockbuster
Thrilling: Paragliders can often cover hundreds of kilometres while gliding at altitudes of up to 24,000 ft, although Cruise didn’t quite reach those heights on Thursday
The actor is famed for doing his own stunts, notably through his role as thrill-seeking secret agent Ethan Hunt in the hugely successful Mission: Impossible franchise.
However production for latest addition Mission: Impossible Fallout was halted for two months in 2017 after he broke his ankle, though Paramount insisted the movie would still meet it’s planned release date.
The studio’s full statement read: ‘During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt.
Go on Tom! Crew-members looked on as the actor got to work ahead of his latest, yet to be established film on Thursday
Main man: Cruise is famed for doing his own stunts, notably through his role as thrill-seeking secret agent Ethan Hunt in the hugely successful Mission: Impossible franchise
Watch out: The American star had no trouble finding his balance as he was lifted high above the ground
It’s all downhill from here: However the French Alps’ uneven ground proved trickier to handle
How do I look? Cruise looked like he’d been paragliding for years as he got to work on Thursday
‘Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery, and the film remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018.
‘Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer.’