He is a Hollywood action man who takes pride in performing his own stunts.
But daredevil Tom Cruise came unstuck after he injured himself during a failed building jump stunt while filming Mission: Impossible 6 in London yesterday.
Video footage has emerged showing the esteemed actor, 55, taking a gigantic leap off some rigging and on to a rooftop while attached to a harness, but his jump appears to fall short and he crashes into the side of a building.
However, the star who has been in training for a year in order to carry out the extreme stunts needs for the next Mission Impossible instalment seems to fall short of the mark and smashes into the building before falling down its side.
Following his crash, Tom is seen limping away and falling to his knees, before clutching on to his legs seeming to be in apparent pain.
As the video ends, he is helped away from the set by stunt professionals.
Known for his adrenaline fuelled set-pieces, the star has been snapped in Paris as well as London for the upcoming film.
While most of the details of the plot of the latest film have been kept tightly under wraps, Skydance Media chief executive David Ellison revealed that Tom will be performing the biggest stunt sequence of his career in the film.
Ellison told Collider: “What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before. It is absolutely unbelievable-he’s been training for a year.
“It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after Rogue Nation came out in 2015.”
Despite suffering a slew of minor injuries such as hurting his ankle in a scene where fish tanks exploded for the first Mission Impossible movie back in 1996 and facing a number of near-death moments while carrying out stunts, it hasn’t put Cruise off doing them himself.
He was previously praised by Rob Alonzo, the film stunt co-ordinator for Jack Reacher (2012), who said: “He is better than most stunt men. He’s an incredible driver, an incredible fighter and stunt performer.
“He flies planes, he knows how to ride horses, he rides motorcycles, so any director would be lucky to have a guy like that because they can keep the camera on him the whole time and it’s more engaging.”
Meanwhile, Cruise is facing a busy schedule, having confirmed the Top Gun sequel in May, back when he was promoting The Mummy.
Filming is believed to be taking place later this year and it is slated for release in 2019.
Action hero Cruise is the only actor who has been confirmed for the movie sequel and production staff are remaining tight-lipped about the plot of the new film.
Top Gun’s success 31 years ago helped solidify Cruise’s star some three years after his breakout role in Risky Business.
The long-awaited sequel to 1986’s action film will be called Top Gun: Maverick. New Zealand Herald