Tom Cruise’s Zero-Gravity Stunt in ‘The Mummy’ Took 64 Takes

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Tom Cruise is committed.

For a plane crash sequence in “The Mummy,” the actor’s upcoming monster movie, Cruise did 64 takes in zero gravity. The sequence took two days to shoot and four high-altitude flights, the filmmakers said during a trailer presentation on Wednesday at CinemaCon.

“There was a lot of barfing,” said Alex Kurtzman, the film’s writer and director.


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Cruise was offered the option to do the scene on a sound stage, but he insisted on filming the sequence in zero gravity, believing it was important that audiences got the most realistic experience possible.

“He did not barf,” said co-star Annabelle Wallis at the Universal Pictures presentation, who said much of the 64-person crew became sick to their stomachs. Wallis also held down her lunch, but credited Cruise with being a gentleman.

“I was happy to have Tom on hand to hold back the hair, if needed,” Wallis said.

Jake Johnson, who plays Cruise’s sidekick in the film, said the star pressured actors to do their own stunts. That led to a few scrapes and bruises.

“We jump off buildings … and Tom really does it all,” said Johnson. “My character dies. I almost died.”

It’s not Cruise’s first death-defying stunt. For the “Mission: Impossible” series, the actor has strapped himself to the side of a plane and scaled the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

“The Mummy” opens on June 9, 2017.

Watch a featurette of the stunt.

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  1. NikL says:

    Are you kidding? He asked for 64 takes! What an opportunity! I would have intentionally messed up so I could do it again and again.

  2. Steve says:

    No man I love Tom Cruise, and he’s amazing when it comes to actions movies, stunts, and overall being badass, if Scienetolgy helps Tom Cruise be a better actor then fine let him I don’t see the religion lasting much longer after the current leadership/top brass retires or dies out, but for the mean time who cares. I mean seriously Tom Cruise is a great actor who deserves praise for his movie making ability, as long as what he’s doing in his personal life isn’t illegal then yeah fine with it more power to him.

    -Hail Xenu

  3. Jay Glick says:

    I enjoy Cruise’s films (I really do) but the continued insistence on the studios’ PR teams (under, obviously, his direction) to bore prospective audiences with his “he does his own stunts” physical exploits (“almost dies by sword on Last Samurai!”, “almost dies on motorcycle on MI 1-10!”, etc.) is downright pathetic. We get it! He’s rugged. He’s a man. You could say he’s a man’s man!!

  4. Matt says:

    Uhh, thanks for the spoiler Jake. Brent, could you take the spoiler out please? Or at least put a warning at the top of the article?

  5. kat0711 says:

    You can get away with these stunts a few times and I think his luck will run out and then his followers will question Xenu’s existence

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