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Akshay Kumar on Tom Cruise's daredevil stunt for 'Mission Impossible': We can make 2-3 films in that budget

Updated on: 19 February,2024 12:19 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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Akshay Kumar shared his thoughts on the replication of a large-scale action sequence like the one done by Tom Cruise for 'Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning- Part 1'

Akshay Kumar on Tom Cruise's daredevil stunt for 'Mission Impossible': We can make 2-3 films in that budget

Akshay Kumar and Tom Cruise

Hollywood star Tom Cruise made headlines when he performed a dangerous stunt for his popular franchise 'Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning- Part 1'. For the scene, the actor performed a stunt that involved him jumping off a cliff on a motorcycle. The actor opted to perform the stunt himself without the use of any body doubles on a real location. 

Recently during an interview with ANI, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar was asked about the stunt performed by Cruise and whether it is possible in Indian cinema. The actor who is trained in martial arts and is known for performing his own stunts in films said that Hindi films do not have the kind of budget required to pull off such an elaborate act. "The amount spent on the stunt is our budget for 2-3 films. And not just the shoot expense, just the amount spent on the practice for the scene. It's not like we cannot do it. We can do it if we want to," the 'Bade Miyan Chote Miyan' actor said. 

The makers of 'Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning -Part 1' built the bridge and went through multiple rounds of rehearsals. In a making video of the stunt, the team revealed that they had rehearsed every little aspect of the stunt, and would even end up doing 30 jumps in a day. They had calculated it to 500 skydivers and over 13000 motocross jumps. They used technology to build up a platform to ensure the jump goes as planned and is captured well by the cameras. 

In an earlier interview with Entertainment Tonight, Tom Cruise spoke about staring the shoot of the film with the stunt. "But preparing for something like that was years (of experience). I had been riding motorcycles since I was a little kid, raced cars and spent a lot of time with aerobatics, airplanes, helicopters, parachutes. But to figure out something like that… It is our understanding of story, understanding of camera, how to do something like that, it all kind of came in that moment. I had trained f0r it, you have to be razor sharp when you do something like that," the actor said. 

“It was very important as we were prepping the film that the stunt actually was the first thing. Because I don’t want to drop that and shoot other things, and have my mind somewhere else. Everyone was prepped. You don’t want to be waking up in the middle of the night thinking, ‘I still have that left to do,'” he added.




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