[To the theme of Mission: Impossible] Dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun...
To promote Mission: Impossible - Fallout (now playing in theaters), talk show host James Corden went skydiving with Ethan Hunt himself, Tom Cruise. The jump was turned into a hilarious segment for The Late Late Show with James Corden, where Cruise teaches the incredibly nervous Corden a few tips.
"I'm just so impressed that James is going skydiving," says Cruise in an Office-esque aside to the camera. "Between you and me, I was half expecting him to text me and tell me he was canceling."
We then cut to Corden who says:
"I've actually been trying to get ahold of Tom for the last couple of days to cancel, but apparently, I had his number saved wrong in my phone. So, I'd also like to take this time to apologize to Tom Hiddleston for all the messages I sent him about my case of food poisoning ... I'll be honest, I'm terrified."
Watch the full thing below:
The Corden segment was meant to simulate one of the biggest stunts in the Christopher McQuarrie-directed movie, where Hunt and CIA agent August Walker (Henry Cavill) jump into Paris from 25,000 feet, a technique known as HALO.
Since the scene was actually shot at that altitude where the air is extremely thin, Cruise had to wear an oxygenated suit, making it one of the most dangerous stunts of his career. He's also the only actor in cinema history to partake in a real-life HALO jump onscreen; he wouldn't allow Cavill to do it, as it requires intense and specific training.
Some cheating was involved since the crew couldn't film over Paris. Instead, they used the skies of Abu Dhabi, the location of Cruise's big spectacle in Ghost Protocol, where he scales the side of the Burj Khalifa.
“Paramount were looking specifically for a C-17 aircraft, which is not available in many parts of the world,” Maryan Eid AlMheiri, CEO of twofour54, the Abu Dhabi media zone authority told The Hollywood Reporter.
With that said, the UAE's armed forces actually has around six C-17s currently in operation, causing production to partly take place in Abu Dhabi. In addition to the plane, they also provided decompression chambers, a medevac team, a trauma doctor, and the Civil Defense.
Working with the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, UAE armed forces, and the film's producers, twofour54 helped make the stunt a reality.