Even in “Mission Impossible,” Tom Cruise is the top gun.
The movie star stunned fans by promoting the latest film in the spy thriller franchise with a social media post in which he stands on a biplane maneuvering in mid-air and calmly asks moviegoers to see the flick.
“I’m sorry for all the extra noise,” Cruise says while crouched on the fuselage of the aircraft thousands of feet up in the clip released online over the weekend.
“As you can see, we are filming the latest installment of ‘Mission Impossible.’ “
The 59-year-old’s leather jacket can be seen flapping in the wind, and the camera — ostensibly on another nearby aircraft — zooms out to show South Africa’s Blyde River Canyon below.
As another yellow biplane pulls alongside, director Christopher McQuarrie’s voice comes across, telling Cruise that they have to get back to filming.
“We are losing the light and low on fuel,” McQuarrie says.
“We’ll see you at the movies,” Cruise says to the camera with a salute and a smile, as the planes roll off screen in tandem, the star still standing behind the wing.
The star has a long and storied history of performing his own stunts — especially in the “Mission Impossible” franchise, where death-defying acrobatics at great heights have become the actor’s calling card.
At a masterclass at the Cannes Festival earlier this year, Cruise had a comeback for those who questioned his willingness to risk his life with stuntwork.
“No one asked Gene Kelly, ‘Why do you dance?’” he said, according to a Variety report.
“I always thought there’s something that I can do and I wanted to push the art form,” he continued. “I thought, ‘How can I immerse an audience into a movie with this kind of action? And how can I entertain them? What can I do?’ ”